Ospreys team to face Newport Gwent Dragons

The Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday 6th January 2012 at Rodney Parade, kick off at 7.05pm, will be as follows:

15 Barry Davies

14 Eli Walker

13 Tom Isaacs

12 Ashley Beck

11 Hanno Dirksen

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Rhys Webb


1 Duncan Jones

2 Huw Bennett

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Ryan Jones

5 Ian Evans

6 Tom Smith

7 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

8 Joe Bearman



16 Richard Hibbard

17 Paul James

18 Adam Jones

19 Jonathan Thomas

20 George Stowers

21 Kahn Fotuali’i

22 Dan Biggar

23 Tommy Bowe


The following players were not considered because of injury:

James King - Ear

Richard Fussell – Ankle

Ben John - Groin

Joe Rees - Hamstring

James Goode – Back

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL


Ian Gough is suspended


Ospreys Head Coach, Sean Holley, commented:

“It’s always difficult when you go to the Dragons and no doubt in the build up to the game people will point to our record there in recent years but we can’t afford to dwell on things like that. This is another day and another group of players, and we will go there believing in our ability to follow up the win over the Blues with another improved performance.

“We go there with the best defence record in the PRO12 and we are very proud of that fact. We need to make sure that we play the game on our terms on Friday night, not theirs, we need to know our roles and improve our accuracy. We have to make sure we don’t give away cheap early points as we have done in some of our recent games to ensure that we can stay in the game long enough to impose ourselves on them, allowing us to fashion the kind of performance that you need when you go to places like there.

“We have a good squad with plenty of depth, results this year have shown us that we can put a lot of trust into the squad, and with three games in twelve days we’ve had to utilise the squad fully. We’ve picked what we feel is the right side for the particular challenge that the Dragons provide, combined with the fixture demands, and it’ll be a 23-man effort just as it was against the Blues on New Year’s Day. If we show the same resolve and spirit that we did to secure that win, but improve the individual aspects of the game where we didn’t reach the standards expected, then we’ll be in a good place.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Fri 13 Jan – Ospreys v Benetton Treviso  – Liberty Stadium – Heineken Cup – 8.00pm

Sun 22 Jan – Biarritz v Ospreys – Parc des Sports Aguilera – Heineken Cup – 2.00pm (Local)

Fri 27 Jan – Ospreys v NG Dragons – Riverside Hardware Brewery Field – LV= Cup – 7.05pm

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

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