Ospreys team to play Grenoble

The Ospreys team to play Grenoble at the Liberty Stadium, in ERCC Rd 4, on Saturday 17th December 2016, KO 3.00pm, is as follows:

15 Sam Davies

14 Dafydd Howells

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Ashley Beck

11 Dan Evans

10 Dan Biggar

9 Brendon Leonard (Capt)


1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Rhodri Jones

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Rory Thornton

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Sam Underhill

8 James King



16 Scott Otten

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Maafu Fia

19 Adam Beard

20 Rob McCusker

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Josh Matavesi

23 Hanno Dirksen


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dmitri Arhip - Shoulder

Bradley Davies - Knee

Keelan Giles Ribs

Tom Grabham Shin/Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Ben John Groin

Dan Lydiate - Knee

Eli Walker - Foot

Owen Watkin Knee

Rhys Webb Ankle


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Weve done a good job over the first three rounds to put ourselves in a position where we are in control of the pool and our fate and thats all you can ask for at the halfway point.

Our next two games in the competition are at home, which gives us a real opportunity to make a statement and thats what we want to do. Its important we realise that for all the good stuff weve seen so far, we havent achieved anything in real terms yet and we need to ensure that effort isnt wasted.

Last week was a difficult one in many ways but you have to credit the character and professionalism of the squad and how they dealt with the situation, the uncertainty, and got the job done on Friday night with minimum fuss. As soon as we got back home though it was important that we parked that up and focused entirely on this weekend and the job in hand. The boys have been great and they know what they have to do on Saturday.

Its a busy period of big matches that will have a huge impact on the season. Four of the next five are at the Liberty, with the Scarlets up next then games against Connacht and Lyon in January after the Dragons away game. Weve put ourselves in a good place in Europe and the PRO12 and its important that we keep plugging away over the coming weeks. Our supporters have a big part to play in that, these are big games and they deserve a big crowd, creating the kind of atmosphere the boys can thrive on. We are looking forward to the different challenges the next month will throw at us.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Tues 27 Dec 3.00pm Ospreys v Scarlets Liberty Stadium PRO12

Sun 1 Jan 5.05pm Dragons v Ospreys Rodney Parade PRO12

Sat 7 Jan 1.30pm Ospreys v Connacht Liberty Stadium PRO12

12/13/14/15 Jan TBC Ospreys v Lyon Liberty Stadium - ERCC