Ospreys team to play Connacht

The Ospreys team to face Connacht at Liberty Stadium, on Friday 31st October 2014, KO 7.35pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Jeff Hassler

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Tom Grabham

10 Sam Davies

9 Martin Roberts


1 Duncan Jones

2 Sam Parry

3 Aaron Jarvis

4 Lloyd Peers (Capt)

5 Rynier Bernardo

6 Sam Lewis

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Ieuan Jones



16 Scott Otten

17 Marc Thomas

18 Dmitri Arhip

19 Rory Thornton

20 Jordan Collier

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Ashley Beck

23 Aisea Natoga


Ieuan Jones makes his Ospreys debut

Rory Thornton and Jordan Collier will make their Ospreys debuts if used off the bench


The following players were unavailable for selection through injury:


Morgan Allen - Ankle

Tyler Ardron Ankle

Joe Bearman - Groin

Ryan Bevington Groin

Olly Cracknell Ankle

Ben John - Hamstring

Ross Jones Ligaments

Tom Smith Knee

Jonathan Spratt - Knee

De Kock Steenkamp Achilles

Eli Walker - Ankle


The following players are unavailable due to international call-up:


Dan Baker, Scott Baldwin, Dan Biggar, Alun Wyn Jones, James King, Nicky Smith and Rhys Webb 


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented: 

This time of the year is always a tough period, with international call-ups and injuries stretching the squad depth and thats the case again this season. Saying that, its an exciting time when we get to see some of the young talent coming through the ranks, and get to see them stepping up in training and on matchday alongside some of the senior Ospreys.

Expectation is always high on anyone wearing the Ospreys jersey, internally more so than externally. The boys coming into the group have been made well aware of the standards they need to reach during this month and what is expected of them. Weve made a very promising start in the PRO12 and the onus is on these boys to build on that, starting on Friday.

Theres no leeway given to them because they are new to the group, or are stepping up for the first time, they need to hit the ground running as they are being judged on the same criteria as any other player who pulls on the Ospreys jersey. Young or old, they have to know their role, be diligent and well prepared, be clinical in everything they do, and if they tick those boxes then well be heading in the right direction. Weve got to where we are in the PRO12 so far this season because everyone has focused on performance, and thats what this group has to do.

Our supporters have a big part to play as well this month. Theyve been fantastic so far this season, really understanding what we are about and getting behind the region. Its been appreciated by everybody but now, more so than ever, they have to support the cause and really back these young men who will be representing the Ospreys in back to back home games over the next three weekends. If we pull together, then we can hopefully achieve some good things between now and the end of November but it wont be easy. 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 7 Nov 7.35pm KO Ospreys v Saracens The Gnoll LV= Cup

Fri 14 Nov 7.35pm KO Ospreys v NG Dragons Brewery Field LV= Cup

Fri 21 Nov 7.35pm KO Ulster v Ospreys Kingspan Stadium PRO12

Sat 29 Nov 5.15pm KO Leinster v Ospreys RDS PRO12

Sat 6 Dec -  3.15pm KO Ospreys v Racing Metro Liberty Stadium - ERCC