Ospreys Team V Munster

The Ospreys team to face Munster in the Magners League - Liberty Stadium - Saturday 7th April - kick off at 5.30pm, will be as follows: -

The Ospreys team to face M unster in the Magners League - Liberty Stadium - Saturday 7th April - kick off at 5.30pm, will be as follows: -   15 Stefan Terblanche      14 Jonathan Vaughton                13 Sonny Parker 12 Andrew Bishop          11 Shane Williams                     10 James Hook
 9 Jason Spice

 8 Ryan Jones                 7 Steve Tandy                             6 Andy Lloyd   5 Alun Wyn Jones           4 Brent Cockbain                        3 Cai Griffiths
 2 Huw Bennett                1 Paul James (Capt)


16 Barry Williams          17 Adam Jones              1 8 Jonathan Thomas 19 Richard Pugh            20 Justin Marshall                      21 Shaun Connor
22 Nikki Walker

Comment from Head Coach, Lyn Jones:

"There is no good time to face an outfit as efficient as Munster, but this weekend is a particularly bad time to come up against them.  They were comprehensively outplayed by the Scarlets on their last visit to Wales and I am sure they will, both individually and collectively, be looking to turn things around this weekend.  We go into April having to play four games, two against Heineken Cup quarter-finalists and two against Heineken semi-finalists.  The next three weeks will in many ways define our season and it will be a tough challenge for our squad, but our aim is to compete against the best teams in the best competitions and that it what we are facing" 

"To do well in the Magners League you need a strong squad that consistently performs within varying combinations.  We have made changes from the team that beat the Blues last time out, but we have great confidence and belief in our squad and I am sure the guys selected this weekend will again show the qualities so evident at the Millennium Stadium.  We are developing a strong, well motivated and happy group of players and we will be calling on these strengths to get us through the coming month."

Injury and squad availability news  

Five players are unavailable for selection this week:

Richard Hibbard will be available for selection for next weeks EDF Energy Final having fully recovered from shoulder and bicep injuries  

Gavin Henson has a posterior cruciate ligament injury (knee).  He will undergo a further six to eight weeks rehabilitation period

Ian Evans (shoulder), Lyndon Bateman (knee ligament) and David Bishop (knee) remain on track with their rehabilitation programmes  

Remaining fixtures

Ospreys v Munster (Magners League) - Liberty Stadium - Saturday 7th April - kick off at 5.30pm

Ospreys v Leicester Tigers (EDF Energy Cup Final) "€" Twickenham - Sunday 15th April - kick off at 2.30pm

Ospreys v Munster (Magners League) - Liberty Stadium -Saturday 7th April - kick off at 5.30pm

Ospreys v Leicester Tigers (EDF Energy Cup Final) - Twickenham - Sunday 15th April - kick off at 2.30pm

Scarlets v Ospreys (Magners League) - Stradey Park - Tuesday 24th April - kick off at 7.35pm

Ospreys v Leinster (Magners League) - Liberty Stadium - Friday 27th April - kick off at 7.10pm

Glasgow v Ospreys (Magners League) -Hughenden - Friday 4th May - kick off at 7.30pm

Dragons v Ospreys (Magners League) -Rodney Parade -  tbc     Border Reivers v Ospreys (Magners League) - Netherdale - Weekend commencing Friday 11th May tbc