Ospreys team to play Edinburgh

The Ospreys team to play Edinburgh at Myreside on Friday 3rd March 2017, KO 7.35pm is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Keelan Giles

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Dafydd Howells

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)


1 Nicky Smith

2 Sam Parry

3 Brian Mujati

4 Tyler Ardron

5 Rory Thornton

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Sam Underhill

8 James King



16 Hugh Gustafson

17 Paul James

18 Rhodri Jones

19 Joe Bearman

20 Dan Baker

21 Brendon Leonard

22 Jonathan Spratt

23 Jay Baker


Paul James will make his 150th appearance in the competition if he comes on, putting him one ahead of Duncan Jones as the leading Ospreys appearance maker in the PRO12 

11 players were unavailable for selection due to international duty with Wales senior, U20 and 7s squads


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dmitri Arhip Shoulder

Lloyd Ashley - HIA

Adam Beard Elbow

Ashley Beck - Shoulder

Bradley Davies Knee

Maafu Fia Ankle

Tom Grabham Knee

Hanno Dirksen - Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Rowan Jenkins Bicep

Ben John - HIA

Dan Lydiate Knee

Rob McCusker Ankle

Scott Otten Knee

James Ratti - Shoulder

Eli Walker Back

Owen Watkin Knee


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Theres a very short turnaround from Sunday but the boys were back in the following morning, working hard and preparing for what will be a tough evening in Edinburgh against a physical, forward based team who are going to make life very difficult for us. 

Edinburgh hasnt been a happy place for us these last few years and we want to put that right. To do that, we know that we will have to perform for 80 minutes, something that weve been guilty of not doing over the last couple of weekends.

If we can end this block of fixtures with a positive result then we can really pleased with the outcome from a busy period of games. Weve been stretched, are continuing to lose players, but what I like about this group is that they arent looking for excuses; they are looking for solutions. Theres a great appetite for work, a desire to improve, and thats whats needed if you want to build a squad capable of surviving these international periods and coming through the other side to be competing in the spring.

Weve not won anything yet, were all aware of that, but weve dug in and are still in there. Weve prepped well this week and we know that we need a good performance on Friday night then we can take stock of where we are ahead of what promises to be a tough but exciting couple of months for Ospreys Rugby.


Forthcoming Fixtures 

Fri 3 Mar 7.35pm Edinburgh v Ospreys Myreside PRO12

Sat 25 Mar 8.35pm (Local) Benetton Treviso v Ospreys- Stadio Comunale di Monigo, - PRO12

Sun 2 Apr 5.45pm Ospreys v Stade Francais Principality Stadium ERCC

Sat 8 Apr 3.00pm Ospreys v Leinster Liberty Stadium PRO12