The Ospreys team to face Harlequins in the EDF Energy Cup match on Sunday 5th October 2008 at the Liberty Stadium, kick off at 3.05pm, will be as follows:-
15. Lee Byrne14. Jonny Vaughton13. Sonny Parker12. Gavin Henson11. Shane Williams10. James Hook9. Rhys Webb 8. Ryan Jones (c)7. Marty Holah6. Filo Tiatia5. Alun-wyn Jones4. Ian Gough3. Adam Jones2. Huw Bennett1. Duncan Jones
Replacements:16. Richard Hibbard17. Andrew Millward18. Lyndon Bateman19. Steve Tandy20. Tom Smith21. Daniel Biggar22. Tommy Bowe
Injury news:The following players are not available for selection due to injury:
"After playing some positive rugby at the Liberty Stadium last time out against Ulster, we will be looking to continue our home form against Harlequins on Sunday, hopefully in front of a large and vocal Ospreys support.
"We've been pleased with the form that we've shown in the Magners League so far, but the EDF Energy Cup provides us with a different type of challenge, offering us the opportunity to refocus. Having secured the trophy on a memorable afternoon in Twickenham back in April, we are all excited about launching our defence. It is a competition that we value very highly, it has helped to put the Ospreys on the map across the UK and we are proud to be champions.
To successfully defend the trophy is a big incentive for the players, it is not a trophy they are going to give up lightly. Our fans have enjoyed our Anglo-Welsh matches over the last two seasons, and I'm sure that they are looking forward to these games as much as the players are."We welcome back a familiar midfield partnership in Gavin and Sonny, who are both well aware of the competition in the squad and will no doubt be looking to impress ahead of further EDF matches and the Heineken Cup Pool games over the coming weeks. "Harlequins have had a good start to the season, so we can expect a real test in every aspect of the game. They are a well prepared and well coached team who have some outstanding individuals with a lot of pace and guile within the side. It will be a good test for our squad and we look forward to welcoming them to the Liberty Stadium."
Forthcoming fixtures are as follows:
Please note that all fixtures are subject to change