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Ospreys name team to face Cardiff Blues

Guinness PRO12 Editor

30 Dec 2011


The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues on Sunday 1st January 2012, at Liberty Stadium, kick off at 6.30pm, has been named.

Ospreys Director of Coaching, Scott Johnson, commented: “It’s a big game against the Blues and another test for us as a group. We’re up against a team of international players who have been in outstanding form and will believe that they can come to our patch and get a result

“Of course we were disappointed to miss out against the Scarlets but that doesn’t mean there’s been long faces in training this week. The prospect of another derby against such a good team, in front of our own fantastic fans, has made sure of that. There are guys in the team who were pretty down on Boxing Day, that’s only natural, they are human beings who are passionate about this region and the defeat hurt them, but the good thing is that hurt is driving them on to do better this weekend.

“We’ve had a good few days in training, the spirit is good and there’s a determination to go out and do the right thing for the cause. No doubt the Blues will make it tough for us, it should be a cracker, but if we make that pass stick, eradicate the unforced errors, make that tackle, then we can get our performance level where it needs to be. If we do that, with our fans really getting behind the team, then it could be derby to remember.”

Ospreys team:
15 Barry Davies

14 Tommy Bowe

13 Andrew Bishop

12 Ashley Beck

11 Shane Williams/Hanno Dirksen

10 Matthew Morgan

9 Kahn Fotuali’i


1 Ryan Bevington

2 Richard Hibbard

3 Adam Jones

4 Ryan Jones

5 Jonathan Thomas

6 James King

7 Justin Tipuric (Capt)

8 George Stowers



16 Huw Bennett

17 Duncan Jones

18 Aaron Jarvis

19 Tom Smith

20 Joe Bearman

21 Rhys Webb

22 Dan Biggar

23 Tom Isaacs

Shane Williams will undergo a late fitness test on a shoulder injury

Ian Gough is suspended

The following players were not considered because of injury:

Ian Evans – Ankle

Richard Fussell – Ankle

Ben John – Groin

Joe Rees – Hamstring

James Goode – Back

Alun Wyn Jones – Foot

Gareth Owen – ACL

Nikki Walker – ACL