Ospreys Team To Face Edinburgh Gunners

The Ospreys team to face Edinburgh Gunners at the Liberty Stadium onSaturday 2nd September:

The Ospreys team to face Edinburgh Gunners at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 2nd September - kick off at 5.30pm, will be as follows: -

15.Lee Byrne 14.Tal Selley

13.Sonny Parker 12.Gavin Henson

11.Shane Williams

10.James Hook 9.Justin Marshall

8.Ryan Jones 7.Steve Tandy 6.Jonathan Thomas

5.Alun-Wyn Jones 4.Brent Cockbain

3.Adam Jones 2.Huw Bennett 1.Duncan Jones (Capt)

16 Richard Hibbard

17 Paul James

18 Lyndon Bateman

19 Filo Tiatia

20 Martin Roberts

21 Andrew Bishop

22 Nikki Walker

Comment from Head Coach, Lyn Jones:

"Edinburgh have played well and looked a strong side in their pre-season fixtures. They are a confident group of players following their performances in the Celtic League and Six Nations last season. Having said that we will be looking to concentrate on our own performance although we still do not expect to be firing on all cylinders, although we hope that the quality of our individuals will pull us through"

"We are still building a team and although expectations are rightly high it will take time for things to come together. We have given our conditioning coaches as long as possible to build our fitness and strength levels and I expect it will take a few more weeks to build our team"

Injury and squad availability news

We have eight players not available for selection

Jason Spice will return from his pre-season spell with Wellington to be available against Ulster on 22nd September

Ian Evans is serving his suspension and will be available for selection against the Blues on 13th September

Six players are still unavailable for this fixture due to injury: -

David Bishop (knee), Richard Pugh (knee) and Cai Griffiths (shoulder) still hope to be available for the match against Ulster on 22nd September

Three players will not be available until 2007 - Matthew Jones (knee), Tim Evans (knee) and Craig Mitchell (knee)

September Fixtures

Ospreys v Edinburgh Gunners - Liberty Stadium - Saturday 2nd September - kick off at 5.30pm

Connacht v Ospreys - Gallway Sportsground - Friday 8th September - kick off at 6.30pm

Ospreys v Blues - Liberty Stadium - Wednesday 13th September - kick off at 7.35pm

Ospreys v Border Reivers - Liberty Stadium - Friday 15th September - kick off at 7.10pm

Ulster v Ospreys - Ravenhill - Friday 22nd September - kick off at 7.30pm

Ospreys v Gloucester - Liberty Stadium - Friday 29th September - kick off at 7.10pm