Ospreys team to play the Scarlets

The Ospreys team to play the Scarlets at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday 27th December 2016, KO 3.00pm, is as follows:

15 Sam Davies

14 Keelan Giles

13 Ashley Beck

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Dan Evans

10 Dan Biggar

9 Brendon Leonard


1 Nicky Smith

2 Sam Parry

3 Maafu Fia

4 Rory Thornton

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 James King

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Dan Baker



16 Scott Baldwin

17 Paul James

18 Rhodri Jones

19 Lloyd Ashley

20 Olly Cracknell

21 Sam Underhill

22 Tom Habberfield

23 Kieron Fonotia


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Tyler Ardron - Thumb

Dmitri Arhip - Shoulder

Bradley Davies - Knee

Tom Grabham Shin/Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Ben John Groin

Dan Lydiate - Knee

Eli Walker - Foot

Owen Watkin Knee

Rhys Webb Ankle


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Its fantastic to see that weve got such a big crowd confirmed for Tuesday. This game means so much to our supporters and its going to be a huge occasion for them to enjoy.

The Scarlets have been in great form, in the PRO12 and in Europe, with a big win last week against Toulon so will justifiably come here full of confidence. Thats something well have to deal with.

Theres a lot spoken and written around this time of year about local rivalries and derby matches so its easy to get caught up in it and get carried away. Whatever happens on Tuesday, its only the halfway point of the season so nothing will be sorted. We have to keep the game in context if we want to achieve anything and be where we want to be in May. Theres no point putting everything into this one then slipping up against the Dragons and Connacht. We have to look at it that way.

Like any derby with a big crowd therell be a great atmosphere, itll be physical, fast and furious, and we are going have to be 100 per cent focused on the job. We are looking forward to it, you wouldnt be human if you werent, but weve got a job to do so have to be totally professional and make sure we are focused.

The boys understand that and have been spot on with their attitude. Now they have to take that into match day, and ensure we get the job done.


Forthcoming Fixtures 

Sun 1 Jan 5.05pm Dragons v Ospreys Rodney Parade PRO12

Sat 7 Jan 1.30pm Ospreys v Connacht Liberty Stadium PRO12

Sun 15 Jan 3.00pm Ospreys v Lyon Liberty Stadium ERCC

Sat 21 Jan 5.00pm Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys Kingston Park - ERCC