The Ospreys team to face Munster in the Magners League, on Sunday 14th October, at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 4.10pm, will be as follows....
The Ospreys team to face Munster in the Magners League, on Sunday 14th October, at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 4.10pm, will be as follows: -15 Lee Byrne14 Nikki Walker13 Sonny Parker12 Gavin Henson11 Shane Williams10 Gareth Owen
9 Mike Phillips
8 Filo Tiatia (Capt)7 Ben Lewis6 Jonathan Thomas5 Ian Evans4 Ian Gough3 Cai Griffiths
2 Huw Bennett 1 Duncan Jones 16 Barry WIlliams17 Adam Jones18 Lyndon Bateman 19 Steve Tandy20 Martin Roberts21 James Hook22 Andrew Bishop
Head Coach, Lyn Jones, commented as follows:
"It was great to welcome back our remaining internationals this week and it has been a pleasure to have them back in the regional environment. They have had a mentally bruising Rugby World Cup but they have been revived by a short break and are raring to go. The hard work now starts in earnest on Sunday against a strong Munster side and we are looking to quickly get back to where we were last season."
"It takes time to build a team but we are confident that on Sunday we will take another step towards our aim of challenging for success in all three of the competitions in which we will participate this season. The next two weeks will give an opportunity for the players who have represented Ospreys Rugby at the start of the season to recover from early season bruises and complete pre-season conditioning and injury rehabilitation programmes, which were for many of them disrupted or curtailed before it was fully completed."
"It has been evident in our early fixtures that teams are trying to strangle our ambition to play positive rugby. We have great respect for Munster and hope they will come to the Liberty with an intent to play rugby and we should then see a game worthy of the Magners League."
Injury and squad availability news
The following players are unavailable for selection due to injury:
James Hook and Alun Wyn Jones were granted an additional weeks break due to their exceptionally high workload over the past 18mths (James has however been selected on the bench)
Justin Marshall (calf strain), Andy Lloyd (shoulder strain) and Shaun Connor (illness) will be available to face Worcester Warriors in two weeks time
David Bishop (knee) will return in November
Ryan Jones (shoulder) is unlikely to play before the end of 2007
Remaining October 2007 fixtures are as follows:
Sunday 14th October "â¬" Magners League "â¬" Ospreys v Munster "â¬" Liberty Stadium "â¬" 4.10pm
Saturday 27th October "â¬" EDF Energy Cup "â¬" Worcester Warriors v Ospreys "â¬" Sixways "â¬" 2.30pm
Please note that all fixtures are subject to change
Ticket pricing and availability
Ospreys fans are reminded that under the new match-day pricing system, Sundays match is a Level 1 fixture, with adult tickets priced at £16, £19 and £22 if purchased ahead of match-day, with a further 10% discount available to members. Any tickets purchased on a match-day are subject to a £2 supplement. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office, via the Ticket Hotline on 08700 400 004, or online at http://www.ospreysrugby.com/