Ospreys team to face Newport Gwent Dragons

The Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday 27th January 2012 at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field, kick off at 7.05pm will be as follows:

15 Ross Jones

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Sonny Parker (Capt)

12 Stefan Watermeyer

11 Eli Walker

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Tom Habberfield


1 Cai Griffiths

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Lloyd Peers

5 James Goode

6 Chauncey O’Toole

7 Sam Lewis

8 Morgan Allen



16 Mefin Davies

17 Joe Rees

18 Jonathan Thomas

19 Sam Williams

20 Rory Pitman

21 Tom Grabham

22 Sam Davies

23 Luke Morgan


Stefan Watermeyer makes his Ospreys debut

Lloyd Peers makes his first Ospreys start

Jonathan Thomas, Sam Williams, Rory Pitman, Sam Davies and Luke Morgan will make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Tom Isaacs - Hamstring

James King - Ear

Richard Fussell – Ankle

Ben John - Groin

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL


Ospreys Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

“It’s a big night for the Ospreys, and for Bridgend, and it’s going to be something special. We’ve had some really good nights at the Brewery Field over the last two seasons, games against Leicester, Wasps and Northampton, and Friday night should be memorable as well, the first Welsh regional derby in Bridgend since 2004.


“When you look at the squad list there are a lot of boys who come from and Bridgend or have played for Bridgend, so for them, it’s going to extra special. Likewise for their friends and families, who’ll get a rare chance to see them playing in an Ospreys shirt at their home club. I know that we’re expecting a big crowd on Friday. The game has caught the local imagination and I’m expecting a great atmosphere on the night.


“This competition has been good for the Ospreys in terms of player development. You’ve only got to look at the players who’ve been involved with the first team this season who have benefited from the LV= Cup. The likes of Tipuric, Beck and Webb have all used this competition to kick on, graduating to the first team and now the Welsh squad, while people like Matthew Morgan and Eli have also been playing European rugby. That makes it clear to some of the young boys coming in for this match that if they make their mark then they could also step up.


“We’re all looking forward to it, it should be a memorable occasion for everyone, an evening that the Ospreys and Bridgend will be able to look back on in seasons to come with pride.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Sat 4 Feb – Worcester v Ospreys – Sixways – LV= Cup – 3.00pm

Fri 10 Feb – Edinburgh v Ospreys – Murrayfield – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.35pm