Ospreys team to play Clermont Auvergne

Tandy has named the team for Friday night's huge Champions Cup clash at the Liberty Stadium


The Ospreys team to play Clermont Auvergne at the Liberty Stadium on Friday 15th January 2016, KO 7.45pm, is as follows: 

15 Dan Evans

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Jonathan Spratt

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Brendon Leonard


1 Paul James 

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Sam Underhill 

7 Justin Tipuric

8 James King



16 Sam Parry

17 Nicky Smith

18 Maafu Fia

19 Rory Thornton

20 Dan Baker

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 Owen Watkin


Scott Baldwin makes his 100th Ospreys appearance

Sam Underhill makes his European Cup debut

Maafu Fia and Owen Watkin will make their European Cup debuts if they come off the bench


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Tyler Ardron  Knee

Dmitri Arhip - Ribs

Ashley Beck  ACL

Gareth Delve  Ankle

Jeff Hassler - Thigh

Dafydd Howells  Hamstring

Dan Lydiate - Neck

Rhys Webb  Foot


Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“With two rounds to play, not only are we still in contention, but our destiny is very much in our own hands and that is all any team can ask for at this stage. We know that we’ve got a huge challenge in front of us over the next two weekends but we are definitely looking forward.

“It’s a really exciting time, and this is probably the biggest game we’ve had at the Liberty for four or five years. We all know what Clermont are about and the quality they have right through their squad but going head to head with a team that were French and European runners-up last season is something to whet the appetite and it should be a fantastic occasion for supporters, players and coaches to enjoy on Friday night.

“There is absolutely no margin for error now, we are playing knock-out rugby two rounds early. It’s not just going to be a test of our ability it’s a test of our mental toughness and character. We’ve got some exciting young talent getting their chance alongside some boys who have a wealth of experience for region and for country, and what they all share is the desire to be the best they can be and to wear the black shirt with real pride.

“We need to tap into that spirit on Friday night, on and off the field. These are the kind of occasions that people look back on and remember, so we want to make sure that we look back on this one for the right reasons. That starts on the training pitch, in the way the team prepare day-to-day, how they focus on the job in hand, and they have to take that into the game on Friday night where they have to be relentless in everything they do, there has to be accuracy and they have to be clinical.

“With the support of a good crowd in the stands to drive them on, everybody has to be 100 per cent from the word go and play their part.”


Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 24 Jan  3.15pm KO  Exeter Chiefs v Ospreys  ERCC

Sun 31 Jan  2.30pm KO  Ospreys v Glasgow  PRO12

Sun 14 Feb  5.00pm KO  Munster v Ospreys  PRO12

Fri 19 Feb  7.05pm KO  Ospreys v Edinburgh  PRO12