Ospreys team to face Saracens

The Ospreys team to play Saracens in the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Allianz Park, on Saturday 23rd November K.O 1pm has been named:

The Ospreys travel to London to take on defending champions Saracens on Saturday afternoon, and we welcome back five of our Welsh internationals into the mix.

Owen Watkin returns in the centre, alongside young Kieran Williams who impressed off the bench against Munster last weekend. An unchanged back three sees Cai Evans wear the fullback jersey with Hanno Dirksen and Tom Williams on each wing. A new half-back partnership of Aled Davies and James Hook complete the starting backs. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Shaun Venter and Luke Price provide the cover off the bench.

Up front, Nicky Smith packs down with Scott Otten and Ma’afu Fia, with Bradley Davies and returning Adam Beard partnering in the second row. In the back row, Olly Cracknell is handed the skipper role with Marvin Orie named as flanker and young Morgan Morris at number 8. Ifan Phillips, Gareth Thomas and Tom Botha are named as replacements, with Lloyd Ashley and Sam Cross completing the Ospreys line-up.

Starting XV

15. Cai Evans

14. Hanno Dirksen

13. Owen Watkin

12. Kieran Williams

11. Tom Williams

10. James Hook

9. Aled Davies


1.Nicky Smith

2.Scott Otten

3. Ma’afu Fia

4.Adam Beard

5. Bradley Davies

6. Marvin Orie

7.Olly Cracknell ©

8. Morgan Morris



16. Ifan Phillips

17. Gareth Thomas

18. Tom Botha

19. Lloyd Ashley  

20. Sam Cross

21.Shaun Venter

22. Luke Price

23. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler


The following players were unavailable for selection:

Alun Wyn Jones, George North and Justin Tipuric.


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Gareth Anscombe

Harri Morgan

Cory Allen 

Dan Evans

James King

Rhys Henry

Ben Glynn

Luke Morgan

Keelan Giles

Sam Parry

Gareth Evans

Dan Lydiate


Forthcoming Fixtures:

Saturday 30th November – 7:35pm – Ospreys v Cheetahs, The Gnoll.

Saturday 7th December – 5:30pm – Ospreys v Racing 92, The Liberty Stadium.

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.