Ospreys team to play Newcastle Falcons

The Ospreys team to play Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday 21st January 2017, KO 5.00pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Hanno Dirksen

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Dafydd Howells

10 Sam Davies

9 Rhys Webb (Captain)


1 Gareth Thomas

2 Scott Baldwin

3 Rhodri Jones

4 Adam Beard

5 Rory Thornton

6 Olly Cracknell

7 Sam Underhill

8 James King



16 Scott Otten

17 Nicky Smith

18 Daniel Suter

19 Lloyd Ashley

20 Rob McCusker

21 Brendon Leonard

22 Jonathan Spratt

23 Ben John


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dmitri Arhip - Shoulder

Bradley Davies Knee

Maafu Fia Ankle/Knee

Keelan Giles - Hamstring

Tom Grabham Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Dan Lydiate Knee

Eli Walker - Back

Owen Watkin Knee


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Its great that we are going into the final round knowing that weve already secured a home quarter-final, but we arent going to settle for that. We want to keep going and ensure that we finish on a high.

Whats happened so far in this pool is behind us now, we are only concerned about whats in store for us on Saturday and ensuring that our prep is right and we get the performance we want. Anything else is irrelevant.

Newcastle are traditionally very strong at home. Theyve only lost once at home in this competition over the last three seasons and beat Bath in their last home league fixture, so we know its going to be tough.

Weve got another important block of fixtures for us, we are in contention in the Anglo Welsh and we are doing well in the PRO12 so its important that this group of players keep the momentum going. With the internationals set to be away now for a couple of months the onus is on those still here to maintain standards, keep pushing on and ensure that we continue challenging on all fronts.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 28 Jan 3.00pm Ospreys v Bristol Bridgend Ford Brewery Field AW Cup

Sun 5 Feb 3.00pm Wasps v Ospreys Ricoh Arena AW Cup

Fri 10 Feb 8.00pm (Local) -  Zebre v Ospreys - Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi PRO12

Sat 18 Feb 5.15pm Ospreys v Munster Liberty Stadium PRO12