Ospreys team to play Munster

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Irish Independent Park on Friday 4th November 2016, KO 7.35pm UK, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Keelan Giles

13 Ben John

12 Ashley Beck

11 Eli Walker

10 Josh Matavesi

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)


1 Paul James

2 Sam Parry

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Adam Beard

6 Rob McCusker

7 Olly Cracknell

8 Joe Bearman



16 Hugh Gustafson

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Maafu Fia

19 Rhodri Jones

20 Scott Otten

21 Brendon Leonard

22 Jonathan Spratt

23 Dafydd Howells


Rob McCusker makes his first Ospreys start


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Tyler Ardron Thumb

Hanno Dirksen Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Owen Watkin Knee


The following players were unavailable for selection due to international call-up: 

Nicky Smith, Scott Baldwin, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Rory Thornton, Dan Baker, James King, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Sam Davies


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Going away to Munster is always one of the most difficult challenges in the PRO12. Going there minus 12 boys with Wales makes it even tougher. In fairness to this group of players, they havent shirked anything, theyve risen to all the challenges presented to them this season, and they are going to have to go again on Friday night.

Theres a good vibe in the squad. They understand what they are walking into and are ready to go. Weve seen time after time how they thrive in adversity and that spirit will have to be there again if we are going to get something out of this game.

Weve made a good start to the season but international windows go a long way to shaping how the season pans out. The bonus point win last weekend against the Dragons gives us some momentum for the two away games coming up in the PRO12, against Munster and Glagow, but we realise that we can lose that momentum quickly if we arent on the ball.

You look at any year where weve done well in this competition and youll see that weve picked up points in these periods. Thats the challenge that we face and, whatever players are pulling on the shirt, they know what standards are expected of them, regardless of any outside factors.


Forthcoming Fixtures

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

Fri 25 Nov 7.35pm Glasgow v Ospreys Scotstoun PRO12

Fri 2 Dec 7.35pm Ospreys v Edinburgh Liberty Stadium PRO12