Ospreys team to face Exeter Chiefs

The Ospreys team to play Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday 15th October 2011, kick off at 7.45pm will be as follows:

15 Barry Davies

14 Kristian Phillips

13 Ben John

12 Sonny Parker

11 Eli Walker

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Tom Habberfield


1 Cai Griffiths

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Joe Rees

4 Tom Smith (Capt)

5 Richard Kelly

6 James King

7 Sam Lewis

8 Morgan Allen



16 Mefin Davies

17 Aaron Jarvis

18 Craig Cross

19 Lloyd Peers

20 Ben Thomas

21 Tom Grabham

22 Will Price

23 Ross Jones


Tom Habberfield and Sam Lewis make their Ospreys debuts

Eli Walker, Scott Baldwin, Joe Rees, Richard Kelly and Morgan Allen will all make their first Ospreys starts

Lloyd Peers, Ben Thomas, Tom Grabham, Will Price and Ross Jones will all make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench


The following players were not considered because of injury:

James Goode - Groin

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – Medial Ligament


Acting Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“This is an exciting time for the Ospreys and a great opportunity for some of these young players to really show what they are about. As a coach, I’m also proud to have this chance to lead the team for two difficult fixtures that will really test this group.

“It will be a great benchmark to see where these boys are, Exeter are a strong team doing well in the Premiership and their fans always create a fantastic atmosphere so it’s going to be a tough evening. The boys have worked hard in training, they know their roles, now they have to pay attention to detail, be accurate and clinical, do things properly, and we’ll see how they cope with the challenges that Exeter will throw up.

“The LV= Cup is an important competition for us, it allows us to bring young players on. Look at the squad that played in this competition last season and you’ll see some of the boys who have established themselves, kicked on and played a big part in the opening period of the PRO12 where we’ve won all six games. The boys coming in this week have seen the standard that has been set, and they’ve got to hit that standard if they want to follow in the footsteps of those who’ve stepped up this season.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Sat 22 Oct – Ospreys v Northampton Saints – Brewery Field – LV= Cup – 6.00pm

Fri 28 Oct – Glasgow V Ospreys – Firhill – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.05pm

Sat 5 Nov – Ospreys v Scarlets – Liberty Stadium – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.30pm

Sat 12 Nov – Ospreys v Biarritz – Liberty Stadium – Heineken Cup – 3.40pm