Ospreys team to face Racing 92

The Ospreys team to play Racing 92 in round three of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 7th December, K.O 5:30pm has been named:

The Ospreys return to Heineken Cup action on Saturday evening, when they face French side Racing 92.

New signing Marty McKenzie makes his Ospreys debut and is handed the number 10 jersey. He partners up with Aled Davies to form the half-back pairing. An unchanged back three sees Dan Evans line up alongside Luke Morgan and Hanno Dirksen. Owen Watkin and Scott Williams complete the backline with Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Luke Price and Shaun Venter providing the cover off the bench.

Up front, Nicky Smith returns to the starting lineup alongside Scott Otten and Ma’afu Fia, with Bradley Davies and the returning Adam Beard partnering in the second row. An unchanged back row sees Dan Lydiate captain the side with Olly Cracknell and young Morgan Morris completing the pack.

Ifan Phillips, Gareth Thomas and Gheorghe Gajion provide the front row cover off the bench, with Marvin Orie and Sam Cross completing the Ospreys lineup.

Bradley Davies will make his 50th appearance for the Ospreys.

Starting XV:

15. Dan Evans

14. Hanno Dirksen

13. Owen Watkin

12. Scott Williams

11. Luke Morgan

10. Marty McKenzie

9. Aled Davies


1.Nicky Smith

2. Scott Otten

3. Ma’afu Fia

4. Adam Beard

5. Bradley Davies

6. Dan Lydiate ©

7. Olly Cracknell

8. Morgan Morris



16. Ifan Phillips

17. Gareth Thomas

18. Gheorghe Gajion

19. Marvin Orie

20. Sam Cross

21. Shaun Venter

22. Luke Price

23. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler


The following players were unavailable for selection:

Justin Tipuric, George North & Alun Wyn Jones


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Gareth Anscombe

Harri Morgan

Cory Allen 

James King

Rhys Henry

Ben Glynn

Keelan Giles

Sam Parry

Gareth Evans

Tom Botha

Dan Baker


Forthcoming Fixtures:

Friday 13th December – 8:45pm (Local time) Racing 92 v Ospreys, Paris La Défense Arena.

Saturday 21st December – 7:35pm – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues, The Liberty Stadium.