Ospreys team to play Bristol

The Ospreys team to play Bristol at Bridgend Ford Brewery Field on Saturday 28th January 2017, KO 3.00pm, is as follows:

15 Dafydd Howells

14 Jay Baker

13 Joe Thomas

12 Jonathan Spratt

11 Ben John

10 Luke Price

9 Rhys Webb (Captain)


1 Gareth Thomas

2 Scott Otten

3 Rhodri Jones

4 James Ratti

5 Adam Beard

6 Joe Bearman

7 Sam Underhill

8 Rob McCusker



16 Ifan Phillips

17 Rowan Jenkins

18 Daniel Suter

19 Tyler Ardron

20 Will Jones

21 Matthew Aubrey

22 Phil Jones

23 Tom OFlaherty


Jay Baker makes his first Ospreys start

Ifan Phillips and Will Jones will make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

This is another competition, different players involved, but the focus and preparation has to be exactly the same this week as it has been over the last couple of months in the PRO12 and Europe.

We had a good two weeks in this competition back in November that has put us top of the pool but we mustnt lose sight of the plan we had in place for the Anglo-Welsh at the start of the season. That was to blood some young talent on the field and get some valuable experience into these boys, and to allow young coaches like Tom Smith and Richard Fussell to step up.

Our British and Irish Cup campaign was a positive one and its been good for everybody involved to spend some time working together as a unit. We have to use that momentum, the positivity from what was an excellent performance against a strong London Irish side last weekend, along with the boys who were involved up in Newcastle in the European competition, and keep it going.

There are opportunities coming up for boys in this group to play a part in the PRO12 over the next two months, helping us to keep that campaign going in the right direction, so its important that they show us over the next two weeks that they have the potential to step up.

Going back to Bridgend on Saturday afternoon to play a famous old English club with their traveling support, Ive no doubt its going to be a cracking afternoon for everybody. We want the boys going out there on Saturday and enjoying the experience, but with an eye on the bigger picture and understanding this is a great stage for them. We may be missing the bulk of our internationals, but what someone like Rhys Webb will do is lead by example out there, showing the younger boys that they are going to be judged by the same standards and expectations as the senior Ospreys once they pull the shirt on and take to the field.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 5 Feb 3.00pm Wasps v Ospreys Ricoh Arena AW Cup

Fri 10 Feb 8.00pm (Local) -  Zebre v Ospreys - Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi PRO12

Sat 18 Feb 5.15pm Ospreys v Munster Liberty Stadium PRO12

Sun 26 Feb 1.05pm Ospreys v Glasgow Liberty Stadium PRO12