Ospreys team to face Newport Gwent Dragons

The Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday 15th April 2011, kick off at 7.05pm, will be as follows:


15 Lee Byrne

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 Ryan Jones

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Tom Smith

7 Marty Holah

8 Jerry Collins



16 Richard Hibbard

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Cai Griffiths

19 Ian Gough

20 Justin Tipuric

21 Tom Isaacs

22 Sonny Parker

23 Richard Fussell

Nikki Walker makes his 100th Ospreys appearance

Cai Griffiths will make his 100th Ospreys appearance if he comes off the bench


The following players were not considered because of injury:

Jonathan Spratt – ACL

Gareth Owen – Knee

Morgan Allen – Ankle

Tom Prydie – ACL

Jamie Nutbrown – Shoulder

Craig Cross – Hamstring

Ben John – Wrist

Shane Williams – Knee

Craig Mitchell – Shoulder

Ben Thomas – Knee

Richard Kelly – Lower leg

Jonathan Thomas - Hamstring


Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson commented:

“It’s a big period for us now, we’ve got three games left to secure a place in the top four and there’s everything to play for. We know what we need to do.

“It’s always a very difficult place to go, but we realise that what we need to do is focus on our own preparation, be diligent and thorough about the way we go about things, and ensure that we are clinical on the night. If the players know their jobs and do their homework on the opposition then we are confident that we can put in the level of performance required.

“We’re playing a team that enjoy playing at home and have a great record there, including beating Munster earlier this season. They are dangerous because they can get continuity into their game over a season, they aren’t as affected by international calls as others so they have the same group of players involved all season long, and continuity is the obvious benefit of having less players absent.

“It’s going to be a bumpy ride, they’ll try to make life difficult for us, but we’ve got to be professional and rise above that. We have to concentrate on our own job and not be sidetracked by anything else.”

Forthcoming fixtures

Sat 23 Apr – Ospreys V Munster – Liberty Stadium – Magners League – 6.30pm

Fri 6 May – Aironi V Ospreys – Stadio Luigi Zaffanella – Magners League – 7.05pm (UK time)