Ospreys team to face Newport Gwent Dragons

The Ospreys team to Newport Gwent Dragons in the LV= Cup on Friday 29th January 2010 at Rodney Parade, kick off at 7.30pm, will be as follows:-

15 Barry Davies
14 Kristian Phillips
13 Sonny Parker
12 Ashley Beck
11 Shane Williams
10 Gareth Owen
9 Jamie Nutbrown

1 Ryan Bevington
2 Ed Shervington
3 Adam Jones
4 Andy Lloyd
5 Ian Evans
6 Ben Lewis
7 Steve Tandy (Capt)
8 Tom Smith

16 Marc Breeze
17 Craig Mitchell
18 Cai Griffiths
19 James Goode
20 James King
21 Rhys Webb
22 Matthew Jarvis
23 Tom Prydie

Steve Tandy makes his 100th appearance for the region, becoming the 11th player to reach a century of Ospreys caps.

Ospreys Coach Jonathan Humphreys said:

"With 15 players away on international duty, the next few weeks promise to be an exciting time for this group of players with the challenge of the LV= Cup followed by two important games as we look to secure a place in the end of season-play-offs. It’s certainly going to be an interesting time, particularly with so many younger players coming into contention during this period looking to show what they can do and stake a claim for a place.

“Our options for this game have been enhanced by Wales allowing four players to come back to us. In the case of Shane and Adam, it is clear that they need more game time after lengthy spells on the sidelines, while the likes of Tom and Kristian were always penciled in for involvement this weekend so we are happy to welcome them back.

“At the other end of the scale, we have Steve Tandy making his 100th appearance for the region and captaining the team for the first time. One of the original Ospreys, Steve has been, and continues to be, a tremendous servant to the region, and along with the likes of Andy Lloyd and Sonny Parker will have an important part to play over the coming weeks as one of the senior players in the group.

“I’ve no doubt that the Dragons will be looking forward to welcoming what they perceive to be an under strength Ospreys side to Rodney Parade, but we are building a squad that can compete on all fronts here and we will go into the game confident that we have the capability of going there and performing, so I’ve no doubt it should be good game.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 29th Jan - Newport Gwent Dragons V Ospreys - LV= Cup - Rodney Parade - 7.30pm
Thurs 4th Feb - Ospreys V Leeds Carnegie - LV= Cup - Liberty Stadium - 7.35pm
Sun 21st Feb - Ospreys V Connacht - Magners League - Liberty Stadium - 5.00pm
Sun 7th Mar – Edinburgh V Ospreys – Magners League – Murrayfield – 2.00pm
Sat 27th Mar – Newport Gwent Dragons V Ospreys – Magners League - Rodney Parade – 6.30pm