Ospreys team to face Munster

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday 14th May 2011, kick off at 6.30pm will be as follows:


15 Richard Fussell

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 James Hook

11 Nikki Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Paul James

2 Huw Bennett

3 Adam Jones

4 Ian Gough

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Ryan Jones

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Jonathan Thomas



16 Richard Hibbard

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Cai Griffiths

19 Jerry Collins

20 Tom Smith

21 Marty Holah

22 Tom Isaacs

23 Ashley Beck


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Tom Prydie – ACL

Craig Cross – Hamstring

Ben John – Wrist

Shane Williams – Knee

Craig Mitchell – Shoulder

Ben Thomas – Knee

Richard Kelly – Lower leg

Lee Byrne – Knee


Gareth Owen and Kristian Phillips are on Wales Sevens duty and are unavailable for selection

Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson, commented:

“It is all down to what happens on Saturday night, and the 80 minutes at Thomond Park. We’ve said all year that we wanted to defend our title, we’ve finished in the top four and now we’re at the business end of the season.

“It’s been an up and down time, a bit of a roller coaster, but every team has peaks and troughs over the course of a season, that’s inevitable. It’s always going to be the case. We’ve had some pretty good peaks, and over 22 games we’ve earned a place in the play-offs and we don’t want to waste that hard work and effort now.

“We will have to lift our game from where it’s been in recent weeks, but preparation hasn’t been about kneejerk reactions. We’ve made sure that the guys know what they’ve got to do, know their roles, and have the confidence and belief to really enjoy the challenge.

“It’s big games like that being involved in professional rugby is all about. It’ll be a real test alright, but we know plenty about Munster just like they know plenty about us. I can see it being a real arm wrestle, but it’s a really exciting prospect. Preparation has been good, but once they step onto the paddock it’ll be all about which team handles the pressure best.”