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Ospreys team to face Ulster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

11 Feb 2011


The Ospreys have named their side for Sunday’s clash with Ulster

15 Richard Fussell
14 Tom Prydie
13 Sonny Parker
12 Ashley Beck
11 Hanno Dirksen
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb

1 Duncan Jones
2 Huw Bennett
3 Cai Griffiths
4 Ian Gough
5 Ian Evans
6 Tom Smith
7 Marty Holah
8 Jerry Collins (Capt)

16 Mefin Davies
17 Ryan Bevington
18 Craig Cross
19 James King
20 Justin Tipuric
21 Jamie Nutbrown
22 Gareth Owen
23 Tom Isaacs

Hanno Dirksen makes his Magners League debut, Tom Prydie makes his first Magners League start and Craig Cross will make his Ospreys Magners League debut if he comes off the bench

Ospreys Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, said: “The last few weeks and the LV= Cup has been a great experience for the Ospreys as an organisation, and undoubtedly, we will be stronger for it. We aim to compete in every competition we participate in so obviously we are disappointed not to be involved in the next stage, but when we review our performance there’s a lot that we can take great pride in.

“A very young group of players did exceptionally well to record some good wins and it definitely bodes well for the future, while the young coaches involved have also benefited from the experience. I think we’ve seen clear signs that the investment we are making into development structures are starting to bear fruit. Longer term, we’ve still got a long way to go, but we are heading in the right direction in terms of development from within.

“There’ll be a reliance on a lot of these younger players over the next four Magners League games, and you can’t fail to be excited by the potential we have on display. These boys have got to continue fronting up. We are targeting becoming the first team to retain the Magners championship, and to do that there’s a lot of work ahead. We need the likes of Tom Prydie, Hanno Dirksen, Rhys Webb, Craig Cross, James King and Justin Tipuric who are involved on Sunday to really step up – and that’s not counting the likes of Dan Biggar and Ryan Bevington who themselves are still very young despite the experience they have personally.

“It’s an exciting time for the Ospreys and we are all really up for the challenge.”