Ospreys team to play Exeter Chiefs

The Ospreys team to play Exeter Chiefs at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday 15th November 2015, KO 5.30pm

  • 3 changes from starting XV that beat Zebre last weekend, all in the pack, including one positional
  • Arhip and Lydiate come in, King moves to eight
  • Thornton returns on the bench following HIA protocols
  • European debut for Howells
  • Lydiate and Leonard make first appearance for Ospreys in European Cup


The Ospreys team to play Exeter Chiefs at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday 15th November 2015, KO 5.30pm, is as follows: 

15 Dan Evans

14 Dafydd Howells

13 Jonathan Spratt

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Eli Walker

10 Dan Biggar

9 Brendon Leonard


1 Paul James

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Dan Lydiate

7 Justin Tipuric

8 James King



16 Sam Parry

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Rory Thornton

20 Dan Baker

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 Ben John


Dafydd Howells makes his European Cup debut

Rory Thornton will make his European Cup debut if he comes off the bench


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury: 

Tyler Ardron Knee

Adam Beard Shoulder

Ashley Beck ACL

Rynier Bernardo - Ankle

Jeff Hassler Knee

Nicky Smith Ankle

Rhys Webb Foot

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said: 

“It was much better from us last weekend against Zebre but we are all well aware that we need to go up quite a few notches now over the coming weeks. The character of the squad came through last Saturday, there was belief in what we were doing and a desire to represent what the Ospreys are about but that has to be just the starting point for us.

“The focus switches now to the European Rugby Champions Cup, the northern hemisphere’s flagship competition and one that has got even better and even tougher after the changes made with the restructuring last year. Every pool is a pool of death now.

“You look at the fixtures coming up, Clermont Auvergne, who have been in two of the last three European Cup finals, losing French T14 finalists earlier this year and are the current league leaders, Bordeaux with their new world class signings and Exeter, in great form and second in the Aviva Premiership, it really doesn’t get any tougher. You have to be full of respect for Exeter and all they’ve achieved over the last few years, coming up from the Championship and establishing themselves as one of England’s leading clubs.

“As a coach or a player, it is really exciting to be involved in games like this. It’s why you are involved in professional rugby in the first place, for big matches and big occasions. Sunday has all the historic association of traditional Anglo Welsh clashes, it’s what supporters say they want, hopefully we’ll get the crowd to mark the occasion.

“We have to accept that from the outside the perception will very much be that we are going into the competition as underdogs based on factors including current form, budget, etc and are comfortable with that. Only performance can change that perception. We know that we will need to make a huge step up from where we have been so far this season and we’ll need to get our preparation right on and off the field, and live the words that we talk about regularly, being clinicial, accurate, diligent. If we don’t, we’ll be in for a tough few weeks but we want this period to be where we kick start the season.”


Forthcoming Fixtures

Sun 22 Nov 2.00pm KO (Local) Clermont Auvergne v Ospreys ERCC

Sat 28 Nov 3.00pm KO Ospreys v Cardiff Blues PRO12

Sun 6 Dec 3.00pm KO (Local) Zebre v Ospreys PRO12

Sat 12 Dec 5.15pm KO Ospreys v Bordeaux Begles ERCC