Ospreys team for Saracens

The Ospreys team to play Saracens on Saturday 10th December 2011 at Wembley Stadium, kick off at 6.00pm, will be as follows:

15 Richard Fussell

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Shane Williams

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb


1 Duncan Jones

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ryan Jones

5 Jonathan Thomas

6 Tom Smith (Capt)

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Joe Bearman



16 Huw Bennett

17 Ryan Bevington

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Ian Gough

20 George Stowers

21 Tom Isaacs

22 Matthew Morgan

23 Sonny Parker


The following players were unavailable because of international duty:

Tom Habberfield, Will Price and Tom Prydie are with Wales Sevens


The following players were not considered because of injury:

James Goode – Back

Kahn Fotuali’i – Rib

Ben John - Groin

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL

Paul James – Thumb


Ospreys Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson, commented:

“This stage of the tournament is always a crucial time, with the double headers pivotal to how the pool works out. We’ve got two tough games back to back against the English champions, but we’ve got our fate in our own hands. How far we go in terms of reaching the knockout stages is down to us, nobody else.

“Saracens are a big, strong team with a dominant pack so we know where it's going to be won or lost. Selection has been tough given the form of the guys who played in the last two league games, but we think we’ve gone with a 23 that will be up for the job. Make no mistake about it, everyone of them will have a big part to play.

"Tom continues as captain because we feel he's earnt the right over the last few weeks. He's led by example, he's performed well, and with Justin having been away with Wales he's really taken the opportunity and impressed as a captain. We've got a number of experienced leaders and captains in the squad but Tom has the armband on merit.

“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a real battle, and we know what we’ve got to do. We want to bring something back to the Liberty from this game, so that we’ve got everything to play for when they come to ours next Friday. We’ve got a proud home record and with our fans here to really get behind us like they did in the Munster match, it promises to be a big night for Ospreys Rugby.”


Forthcoming fixtures

Fri 16 Dec – Ospreys v Saracens – Liberty Stadium – Heineken Cup – 8.00pm

Mon 26 Dec – Scarlets v Ospreys – Parc Y Scarlets – RaboDirect PRO12 – 2.05pm

Sun 1 Jan – Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – Liberty Stadium – RaboDirect PRO12 – 6.30pm

Fri 6 Jan – Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys – Rodney Parade – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.05pm