Ospreys team to play Lyon

The Ospreys team to play Lyon at Matmut Stadium on Saturday 22nd October 2016, KO 7.45 pm UK, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Keelan Giles

13 Jonathan Spratt

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Dafydd Howells

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)


1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Maafu Fia

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Rory Thornton

6 Dan Lydiate

7 Olly Cracknell

8 James King



16 Sam Parry

17 Paul James

18 Rhodri Jones

19 Adam Beard

20 Rob McCusker

21 Justin Tipuric

22 Brendon Leonard

23 Eli Walker


Olly Cracknell makes his European debut

Rob McCusker will make his Ospreys debut if he comes off the bench

Adam Beard will make his first European appearance if he comes off the bench


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury: 

Tyler Ardron Thumb

Hanno Dirksen Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Ben John - Groin

Sam Underhill Shoulder

Owen Watkin - Knee


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

It was extremely satisfying to see how we took control of the game last week against Newcastle. We took our time to get a grip of it but we were patient and controlled and, once we got our noses ahead we were clinical, both in attack and defence.

That meant we got our campaign off to positive start, but we know that its going to get tougher. Lyon are a big, strong, physical side who will want to impose themselves on us at their ground, in front of their supporters, so we have to front up to the challenge from the very first whistle.

This is a good test for us. We know that our squad depth will be tried over the next few weeks but the players coming in understand what they have to do and the responsibility they have on their shoulders, starting with this weekend.

Its never easy going to France but weve prepared well and the group are looking forward to it.

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 29 Oct 3.00pm Ospreys v NG Dragons Liberty Stadium PRO12

Fri 4 Nov 7.35pm Munster v Ospreys  - Irish Independent Park PRO12

Fri 11 Nov 7.35pm Ospreys v Harlequins St Helens Anglo-Welsh Cup

Fri 18 Nov 7.15pm Cardiff Blues v Ospreys BT Sport CAP Anglo-Welsh Cup