Ospreys team to face Munster

The Ospreys team to play Munster on Sunday 12th December 2010 at Thomond Park, kick off at 1.00pm, will be as follows:


15 Barry Davies

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 James Hook

11 Richard Fussell

10 Dan Biggar

9 Mike Phillips


1 Paul James

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ryan Jones

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Jerry Collins

7 Marty Holah/Justin Tipuric *

8 Jonathan Thomas



16 Mefin Davies

17 Duncan Jones

18 Craig Mitchell

19 Ian Gough

20 Justin Tipuric/Tom Smith*

21 Jamie Nutbrown

22 Sonny Parker

23 Nikki Walker

* - Final selection pending outcome of Magners League disciplinary panel appeal hearing scheduled for the evening of Friday 10th December


Adam Jones makes his 50th Heineken Cup appearance

Richard Fussell makes his Ospreys Heineken Cup debut


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Ben Lewis – Neck

Ben John – Wrist

Shane Williams – Shoulder

Conor McInerney – Knee

Lee Byrne – Thumb


Tom Isaacs is on Wales Sevens duty


Ospreys Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, commented:

“We’re going into this game in pretty good shape generally. We’ve worked hard to build our squad depth and we’ve seen over the last month to six weeks some players putting their hands up. Barry Davies had his first full 80 minutes last weekend, Richard Fussell has been in excellent form and is looking a real threat every time he gets the ball, while Justin Tipuric is really blossoming, so we won’t be looking at the negatives, only the positives.

“That’s exactly what we want it to be like here, we want competition for places and that’s definitely what we’ve got. It’s something we keep on repeating, but I believe that we’re getting that mix right and there is a good mood around the place at the moment. Selection has been very difficult, which is always a good sign.

“Our squad is a very experienced one, the players have experienced winning Grand Slams, playing in front of big crowds, and as we saw last season they have the know-how to go to places like Munster and win big games. We certainly won’t be focussing on games that have been and gone, they are in the past. It’s about Sunday now, it’s a whole new ball game.

“We all realise that we need to continue improving, we need to be more clinical and get the finer details right. We had a good win against Edinburgh last week that made it four successive wins, but we know that there is definitely room for improvement. We’ll be working hard to find that extra ten per cent, but one thing we do know for sure is that it’s going to be a real test for us.”

Forthcoming fixtures

Sat 18 Dec – Ospreys V Munster – Liberty Stadium – Heineken Cup – 3.30pm

Sun 26 Dec – Ospreys V Scarlets – Liberty Stadium – Magners League – 4.10pm

Fri 31 Dec – Cardiff Blues V Ospreys – Cardiff City Stadium – Magners League – 2.05pm