Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso

Bishop set for 200th Ospreys appearance while Evans, Matavesi and Bernardo make debut

Ospreys team to play Benetton Treviso


The Ospreys team to face Benetton Treviso at the Liberty Stadium on Friday 5th September 2014, KO 7.35pm, is as follows:



15 Dan Evans

14 Jeff Hassler

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Lloyd Peers (Capt)

5 Rynier Bernardo

6 Joe Bearman

7 James King

8 Dan Baker




16 Sam Parry

17 Duncan Jones

18 Daniel Suter

19 Tyler Ardron

20 Morgan Allen

21 Martin Roberts

22 Sam Davies

23 Hanno Dirksen


Andrew Bishop makes his 200th Ospreys appearances, becoming only the second player to pass the landmark following on from Duncan Jones


Dan Evans, Josh Matavesi and Rynier Bernardo make their Ospreys debuts


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:


“It’s been a tough, long pre-season for everybody so we can’t wait to get down to the real business on Friday night. We’re all looking forward to the game and starting to put into practice some of the things we’ve worked hard on over the summer.


“It’s a pretty exciting time for us as a group. If you look at the PRO12 with the new European qualification rules, every game will count from day one to the final weekend of the season and there is a real sense of jeopardy. That adds value to a competition, for supporters, players and sponsors alike, and I’m sure will take the PRO12 on to another level.


“A lot has been said about where we are at the moment, but we are confident about where we are going and what we are trying to do. In difficult circumstances we’ve had to make some tough decisions with the future of the Ospreys in mind, but we are putting together a group of players that can give this region a very bright future.


“This year we’ve retained the services of 16 players including some key individuals, we’ve recruited well, and along with a core of experience we have a young and vibrant group of talented players coming through the ranks who now have another year under their belt. When you look at the teams we sent out that beat the likes of Castres and Leinster last season, we have only lost one or two of those boys, so the challenge now is to turn those wins into consistent form week in, week out.


“It’s going to be a challenging season, but I think that’s exciting. We know where we want to take this team on and off the field and I’d like to think that the supporters are buying into what we are trying to do and will come with us, starting with Friday night.”


Speaking about his 200th appearance for the Ospreys, Andrew Bishop commented:


“I’m really proud, really honoured, to be reaching this milestone in my career. Duncan is a great professional and it’s only right that he gets that 200 first. It’ll be difficult for anyone to overtake him, he just keeps going. To be the second person to do it is a great honour for me.


“I’ve had a good pre-season, I’m feeling pretty sharp, and I’m just looking forward to getting out on the pitch.”


Ospreys Chairman, Roger Blyth, paid tribute to Bishop, saying:


“Andrew is what you would call a quiet leader, his actions prove an inspiration to his colleagues. He’s not a shouter or constant talker but when he does speak he does so with real authority and experience which means others listen.


“To become only the second ever Osprey to make 200 appearances for the region is an incredible achievement that Andrew and his family should take huge pride in. He’s not one to seek out or enjoy the limelight, but it is important that his contribution to the Ospreys cause over the last decade gets the plaudits it deserves. He is a true Osprey through and through. At 29 he still has a number of years ahead of him yet so we look forward to celebrating Andrew’s 250 or even 300th appearance in the seasons to come.”


The following players were unavailable for selection through injury:


Dmitri Arhip – Foot

Ashley Beck - Hip

Ryan Bevington - Groin

Sam Lewis - Knee

Tom Smith - Knee

Justin Tipuric - Shoulder


Forthcoming Fixtures


Fri 12 Sep - 7.35pm KO - NG Dragons v Ospreys - Rodney Parade - PRO12

Sun 21 Sep - 4.00pm KO - Ospreys v Edinburgh - Liberty Stadium - PRO12

Sat 27 Sep - 6.30pm KO - Munster v Ospreys - Thomond Park - PRO12

Fri 03 Oct - 7.35pm KO - Zebre v Ospreys - Stadio XXV Aprile - PRO12

Sun 12 Oct - 4.00pm KO - Ospreys v Cardiff Blues - Liberty Stadium - PRO12

Sun 18 Oct - 1.00pm KO - Ospreys v Treviso - Liberty Stadium - ERCC