Ospreys team to play Saracens

The team to play Saracens at the Gnoll in Neath on Friday evening has been announced.

The Ospreys team to face Saracens at the Gnoll, on Friday 7th November 2014, KO 7.35pm, is as follows:


15 Richard Fussell

14 Dafydd Howells

13 Ashley Beck

12 Aled Jenkins

11 Aisea Natoga

10 Sam Davies

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)


1 Gareth Thomas

2 Scott Otten

3 Daniel Suter

4 Rory Thornton

5 Rhodri Hughes

6 Jordan Collier

7 Lloyd Evans

8 Ifereimi Boladau




16 Matthew Dwyer

17 Marc Thomas

18 Nicky Thomas

19 Adam Beard

20 Tommy Spinks

21 Tito Tebaldi

22 Hanno Dirksen

23 Ashley Evans


Aled Jenkins, Gareth Thomas, Rory Thornton and Ifereimi Boladau make their Ospreys debuts


Jordan Collier makes his first Ospreys start


Tommy Spinks and Ashley Evans will make their Ospreys debuts if they come off the bench


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:


This group has gone really well over the last couple of weeks in preparation for this period and are bursting to go on Friday night. Theres a good mix to this squad. Theres a decent sprinkling of experience with guys who are looking forward to getting on the field after not featuring much so far this season, and there is a lot of young talent keen to show that theyve got what it takes to be an Osprey.

This competition has been very good for us over the years. When you look at the boys who have made an impact in the LV, like James King, Justin Tipuric, Hanno, even Nicky Smith more recently, you can understand what an opportunity it is for players coming through our development pathway. Its no different this year and Im looking forward to seeing how the different individuals selected come together as a team to represent the jersey.

Training and preparation has been really good. Weve done it a little differently, with an A game recently against the Blues to give them a chance to come together ahead of the game, and its fair to say that the attitude and application so far has been first class. Its a big step up over the next week or so now for a lot of these boys and there is an expectation on their shoulders that maybe theyve not had before. That comes with being an Osprey, they know the standards that are required on and off the field, and well be watching them closely to see how they match up to those standards.

Its an exciting selection, one that will whet the appetite of supporters, definitely. Going back to the Gnoll will also give the game an extra spice as there is so much of the Ospreys history associated with the venue despite only playing there for a couple of seasons. Im sure our supporters will enjoy being back there for the night and will help to really make it a special occasion.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Fri 14 Nov 7.35pm KO Ospreys v NG Dragons Brewery Field LV= Cup

Fri 21 Nov 7.35pm KO Ulster v Ospreys Kingspan Stadium PRO12

Sat 29 Nov 5.15pm KO Leinster v Ospreys RDS PRO12

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