The Ospreys team to face Munster in the Magners League on Friday 9th January 2009 at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 7.05pm, will be as follows:-
15 Lee Byrne14 Jonny Vaughton13 Sonny Parker12 Andrew Bishop11 Shane Williams10 James Hook9 Mike Phillips 8 Filo Tiatia7 Steve Tandy6 Tom Smith5 Jonathan Thomas4 Alun-wyn Jones3 Cai Griffiths2 Richard Hibbard1 Paul James ©
Replacements:16 Huw Bennett17 Ryan Bevington18 Lyndon Bateman19 Marty Holah20 Rhys Webb21 Dan Biggar22 Kristian Phillips
Ospreys Coach Sean Holley commented:
"Friday night is another big game and another big occasion that we are looking forward to. It is first v second in the Magners League, the European Champions at the Liberty Stadium, and it doesn't get any bigger than that. Munster's pedigree speaks for itself and we are well aware of the threat that they will pose. Given their disappointing results over Christmas they will no doubt be looking to put the record straight.
"We have a good record against Munster, and we want to keep that record intact this weekend. It is about building on the momentum we have generated during recent weeks, improving in certain areas to take performance levels to where we want them to be.
"With lots of rugby still to be played this season we are mindful that some players have already, and still have to come, a lot of action, and are in need of some rest. In the case of Shane, Huw Bennett and Lyndon Bateman, we are delighted to be able to welcome them back from injury, increasing the selection options available to us.
"I'm sure that it's going to be another great Liberty Stadium occasion and we're looking forward to seeing a good crowd getting behind us as we know they can."
The following players were not considered because of injury:
Forthcoming fixtures are as follows:
Saturday 17th January USA Perpignan V Ospreys Heineken Cup Stade Aime-Giral 4.35pm
Saturday 24th January Ospreys V Leicester Tigers Heineken Cup Liberty Stadium 5.35pm
Sunday 22nd February Ospreys V Connacht Magners League Liberty Stadium 3.00pm
Friday 6th March Ospreys V Leinster Magners League Liberty Stadium 7.05pm
All fixtures are subject to change