Ospreys team to play Zebre

The Ospreys team to play Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Friday 10th February 2017, KO 8.00pm (Local), is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Ben John

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Ashley Beck

11 Dafydd Howells

10 Luke Price

9 Tom Habberfield (Capt)


1 Paul James

2 Sam Parry

3 Rhodri Jones

4 Adam Beard

5 Lloyd Ashley

6 Tyler Ardron

7 Sam Underhill

8 Dan Baker



16 Hugh Gustafson

17 Gareth Thomas

18 Daniel Suter

19 Rory Thornton

20 Olly Cracknell

21 Matthew Aubrey

22 Hanno Dirksen

23 Jonathan Spratt


Luke Price makes his first PRO12 start

Matthew Aubrey will make his PRO12 debut if he comes off the bench


14 players were unavailable for selection due to international duty with senior, U20 and 7s squads:


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Dmitri Arhip Shoulder

Bradley Davies Knee

Maafu Fia Ankle

Keelan Giles Hamstring

Tom Grabham Knee

Jeff Hassler Achilles

Rowan Jenkins - Bicep

Brendon Leonard - Hamstring

Dan Lydiate Knee

Josh Matavesi Shoulder

Rob McCusker Ankle

Scott Otten Knee

Eli Walker Back

Owen Watkin Knee


Head Coach, Steve Tandy, commented:

Six Nations time is always an important period for us, without fail, and this year is no different. Weve put ourselves in a pretty decent position and we cant let that slip while the internationals are away. Yes, we have players missing and the injury list is growing but we cant use it as an excuse. Everybody in the squad has to front up. Thats the Ospreys way. 

This time of the year is always a great opportunity for players to come in and show what they are about and well be looking at some of the boys in this group to see how they take their chance. We know whats at stake, if we can get the performance level where it needs to be over the next four weeks, it can really set us up for an exciting end of season.

Zebre will be difficult, they always are at their place. Theyll be physical, forward oriented, and its going to be a real test. Its a short turnaround from Sunday but we want to capitalise on some of the momentum weve built up in the Anglo-Welsh over the last couple of weeks. The core of that squad will feature heavily, on Friday night and over the next few weeks, and weve brought in a core of experience thatll be a bit fresher after some time away from the front lin.

Its an exciting mix if Im honest. Theres a real enthusiasm around the group at the moment, training has had an edge to it. Everyone knows what the standard is that is expected of them over this period and cant wait to get going.


Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 18 Feb 5.15pm Ospreys v Munster Liberty Stadium PRO12

Sun 26 Feb 1.05pm Ospreys v Glasgow Liberty Stadium PRO12

Fri 3 Mar 7.35pm Edinburgh v Ospreys Myreside PRO12