Ospreys team to play Cheetahs

The Ospreys team to play Cheetahs at Toyota Free State Stadium on Friday 29th September 2017, KO 5.00pm (local), is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Keelan Giles

13 Ben John

12 James Hook

11 Jay Baker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Maafu Fia

4 Adam Beard

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Guy Mercer

8 James King



16 Scott Otten

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Rhodri Jones

19 Lloyd Ashley

20 Dan Lydiate

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 Kieron Fonotia


Alun Wyn Jones captains the Ospreys for the 100th time

Guy Mercer makes his first Ospreys start

Jay Baker makes his first Guinness PRO14 start


Justin Tipuric returned home from Italy at the weekend instead of making the onward journey to South Africa to be with his partner who is due to give birth this weekend


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury

Dmitri Arhip Shoulder

Ashley Beck Shoulder

Hanno Dirksen Knee

Dafydd Howells Shoulder

Brendon Leonard - Foot

Brian Mujati Shoulder

Luke Price Foot

Rory Thornton - Shoulder

Eli Walker Back



Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

Its been great to get away as a group for a week, living and working together 24/7 with no distractions, going somewhere different for the first time. Weve had to approach the week a little differently to a normal working week, taking into account the logistics, but theres been a good focus and we are excited about playing at the Toyota Stadium on Friday.

The welcome weve had has been fantastic. Its a great experience, to be the first Welsh team to come to South Africa for a Guinness PRO14 fixture, but we have to keep sight of the fact that we have a job to do, and a tough one at that.

Cheetahs have shown what they are about the last couple of weekends. The win over Leinster was particularly impressive, so the size of the task is pretty clear. 

Theres no doubt that were going to have to be considerably better than we were last weekend, or have been so far this season. We expect better from ourselves as Ospreys. Talk is pretty easy though and means nothing if we dont follow it up on the field. Thats pretty obvious and its fair to say we need to do more than just talk a good game, we need to deliver for 80 minutes when it matters.


Forthcoming Fixtures 

Sat 7 Oct 7.35pm KO Ospreys v Scarlets Liberty Stadium PRO14

Sun 15 Oct 5.30pm KO Ospreys v Clermont Auvergne Liberty Stadium - ERCC

Sat 21 Oct 7.45pm KO Saracens v Ospreys Allianz Park ERCC

Fri 27 Oct 7.35pm KO Ospreys v Dragons Liberty Stadium PRO14