Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons

The Ospreys team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 29th October 2016, KO 3.00pm 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 Scott Baldwin

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Lloyd Ashley

5 Adam Beard

6 Dan Lydiate

7 Olly Cracknell

8 Joe Bearman



16 Sam Parry

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Maafu Fia

19 Rob McCusker

20 Scott Otten

21 Brendon Leonard

22 Jonathan Spratt

23 Dafydd Howells


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury: 

Tyler Ardron Thumb

Hanno Dirksen Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Sam Underhill Shoulder

Owen Watkin - Knee


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Weve had a good couple of weeks in Europe, backing up the win over the Blues in our last PRO12 game with good performances and bonus point victories against Newcastle and Lyon. We know that Saturday is going to be different challenge altogether though and weve had to refocus as a group and prepare for this thoroughly.

Our development pathway keeps on producing young talent and we are immensely proud of what we do, continually leading the way in terms of players going through to the national squad. The consequences of that success are clear, and we realise that we hardest hit of all four regions again this weekend. Thats a fact of life that we are used to now, we have to prepare for it over the course of a season and deal with it. Until the season structure changes, theres nothing we can do about it so we have to front up, as the Ospreys do.

Weve talked about growing squad depth and weve seen evidence of that this season. Weve got to go to the next level on Saturday against a side that hasnt been so badly hit, but its exciting. When you look at the young talent that will be pulling on the shirt this weekend, supplemented by some huge experience, its a good blend and we are looking forward to the game.

Its a derby match, regardless of who is out there, so its going to be tough, itll be physical, and the supporters will no doubt help to create a pretty special atmosphere. We are playing at 3 oclock on a Saturday afternoon as well, which is a rarity in itself, so it should be a good occasion for everyone.


Forthcoming Fixtures

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

Fri 25 Nov 7.35pm Glasgow v Ospreys Scotstoun PRO12