Tipuric returns for first of the festive derbies

Ospreys captain, Justin Tipuric returns to skipper the side in his first match of the season on Saturday!

Cai Evans retains the fullback jersey from last weekend, and a change on both wings sees Luke Morgan and Hanno Dirksen make up the back three. Scott Williams and Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler form the centre partnership, with Marty McKenzie and Aled Davies lining up as the half-backs. Last week’s try-scorer Shaun Venter provides the cover off the bench, alongside Luke Price and Kieran Williams.

The front row is unchanged from last week as Nicky Smith and Ma'afu Fia pack down either side of Scott Otten, who will make his 100th appearance for the Ospreys. Adam Beard holds onto the number four shirt partnering up with Bradley Davies in the second row. Workhorse Lydiate starts on the blindside alongside Tipuric marshalling the openside, with Olly Cracknell at number 8 to complete the pack. Young Morgan Morris provides solid reinforcements on the bench, alongside Marvin Orie. Dewi Lake, Rhys Fawcett and Simon Gardiner complete the 23.

The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues in round eight of the Guinness PRO14 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 21st December, K.O 7:35pm has been named:

Starting XV:

15. Cai Evans

14. Hanno Dirksen

13. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler

12. Scott Williams

11. Luke Morgan

10. Marty McKenzie

9. Aled Davies


1.Nicky Smith

2. Scott Otten

3. Ma’afu Fia

4. Adam Beard

5. Bradley Davies

6. Dan Lydiate

7. Justin Tipuric ©

8. Olly Cracknell


16. Dewi Lake

17. Rhys Fawcett

18. Simon Gardiner

19. Marvin Orie

20. Morgan Morris

21. Shaun Venter

22. Luke Price

23. Kieran Williams


Scott Otten will make his 100th appearance for the Ospreys


The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:

Gareth Anscombe

Harri Morgan

Cory Allen 

James King

Rhys Henry

Ben Glynn

Keelan Giles

Sam Parry

Gareth Evans

Tom Botha

Dan Baker

Owen Watkin

Gareth Thomas

Rhodri Jones

George North

Alun Wyn Jones


Forthcoming Fixtures:

Thursday 26th December – 5:15pm – Scarlets v Ospreys, Parc Y Scarlets.

Saturday 4th January – 3pm – Dragons v Ospreys, Rodney Parade.

Saturday 11th January – 1pm – Ospreys v Saracens, Liberty Stadium.