Ospreys team to play Connacht

The Ospreys team to play Connacht at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 7th January 2017, KO 1.30pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Dafydd Howells

13 Ashley Beck

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Hanno Dirksen

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield


1 Nicky Smith

2 Sam Parry

3 Maafu Fia

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Dan Baker



16 Scott Baldwin

17 Paul James

18 Rhodri Jones

19 Adam Beard

20 Sam Underhill

21 Brendon Leonard

22 Dan Biggar

23 Kieron Fonotia


Hanno Dirksen makes his 100th Ospreys appearance


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Tyler Ardron - Thumb

Dmitri Arhip - Shoulder

Bradley Davies - Knee

Keelan Giles - Shoulder

Tom Grabham Knee

Hugh Gustafson Ankle/knee ligaments 

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Ben John Groin

Dan Lydiate Knee

Rory Thornton - Ankle

Eli Walker - Back

Owen Watkin Knee 

Rhys Webb Ankle


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

We looked at this run of three PRO12 games as an important block of fixtures and with two wins in the first two of them, weve got to be happy with where are going into this weekend.

It wasnt necessarily pretty at times over Christmas but we were professional in everything we did and, particularly at the Dragons, played the conditions extremely well. It was good to show that we can win ugly as well as going out there and moving the ball around as we have done at times this season.

Itll be another tough one on Saturday. Connacht are always combative up front and they play a good brand of rugby, they are very dangerous opposition. We know that we are in for another test so have to prepare thoroughly for this one, and will have to step up a level or two again.

We had great support against the Scarlets, the boys really appreciated playing in front of such a big crowd at home. If we keep working hard and continue what weve been doing this season, hopefully we can get the backing from our supporters that we want, playing their part. 

The PRO12 breaks for a month after this weekend so its important we make a statement, keep the momentum going, and ensure we are in a good place. When you look at the run-in, after last seasons champions at home this weekend, weve got some big games coming up at the Liberty so we know theres a huge amount of work to be done, but we are in a good place and are up for the challenge. The focus has to be on Saturday afternoon, first and foremost, and then well look ahead, one game at a time.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 15 Jan 3.00pm Ospreys v Lyon Liberty Stadium ERCC

Sat 21 Jan 5.00pm Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys Kingston Park ERCC

Sat 28 Jan 3.00pm Ospreys v Bristol Bridgend Ford Brewery Field AW Cup

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