Ospreys team to play Leinster

The Ospreys team to face Leinster at the RDS Arena on Saturday 29th November 2014, KO 5.15pm, is as follows:


15 Dan Evans

14 Aisea Natoga

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Hanno Dirksen

11 Tom Grabham

10 Sam Davies

9 Martin Roberts


1 Marc Thomas

2 Sam Parry

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Lloyd Peers (Capt)

5 Tyler Ardron

6 Joe Bearman

7 Sam Lewis

8 Dan Baker



16 Scott Otten

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Cai Griffiths

19 Rynier Bernardo

20 Ieuan Jones

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Josh Matavesi

23 Dafydd Howells


Gareth Thomas and Dafydd Howells will make their PRO12 debuts if they come off the bench


The following players were unavailable due to international commitments:


Scott Baldwin, Dan Biggar. Aaron Jarvis, Alun Wyn Jones, James King, Justin Tipuric and Rhys Webb.


The following players were unavailable for selection through injury:


Morgan Allen – Ankle

Ashley Beck – Soft tissue

Ryan Bevington – Groin

Ifereimi Boladau - Knee

Jeff Hassler - Ligaments

Duncan Jones –Ligaments

Ross Jones – Ligaments

Nicky Smith – Pectoral tear

Tom Smith – Knee

Jonathan Spratt - Knee

De Kock Steenkamp – Achilles

Eli Walker - Ankle


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

As frustrating as it was against Ulster there were plenty of positives to take from the game, not least the endeavour and spirit that we showed in bucketloads in the second half.

To have worked our way back into it from the position we were in at half-time, to be in with a real chance of not just taking a bonus point but actually winning it, showed that we are developing a group that has real character. They wont throw the towel in and will keep going, they are relentless in what they are doing. Ultimately though, we left ourselves too much to do and werent clinical enough at the end, which was possibly the most disappointing thing about the entire match.

Well definitely need to see that character and resolve again on Saturday, from the very first whistle right to the end. Were up against it, circumstances with the fourth international mean that we have to go to one of the toughest places in European rugby without some key figures while they could have all their Ireland contingent available on the back of a great autumn for them. Throw in some injuries, with more boys ruled out of action this week, and you can see the size of the challenge were facing.

Were up for it though. Its the nature of the sport that players will always be missing with injury and it opens up opportunities for others to come in and show what they can do. We know its going to be a hard night at the office but the boys are all up for it and have prepared really well this week.

This is a huge period for us, with some massive games coming up that will shape our season and we all need to pull together, on and off the field. Well welcome back the internationals for Racing Metro and hopefully well be able to bring back some boys fresh from injury over the coming weeks. With Ulster and the Scarlets at the Liberty as well next month, well need everyone to be at their best, and well need the supporters to play their part. When youre up against it, you need them more than ever, and this is the time for everyone to come together and do their bit for the Ospreys.


Forthcoming Fixtures

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

Sat 13 Dec 5.15pm KO Racing Metro v Ospreys MM Arena ERCC

Sat 20 Dec 5.15pm KO Ospreys v Ulster Liberty Stadium PRO12

Sat 27 Dec 5.15pm KO Ospreys v Scarlets Liberty Stadium PRO12

Sat 3 Jan 5.05pm KO Scarlets v Ospreys Parc y Scarlets PRO12

Sun 11 Jan 4.00pm KO Ospreys v NG Dragons Liberty Stadium PRO12