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Ospreys team to face Ulster

Guinness PRO12 Editor

23 Feb 2012


The Ospreys team to play Ulster on Friday 24th February 2012 at Ravenhill, kick off at 7.05pm, will be as follows:

15 Richard Fussell
14 Hanno Dirksen
13 Andrew Bishop
12 Stefan Watermeyer
11 Eli Walker
10 Dan Biggar
9 Kahn Fotuali’i

1 Duncan Jones
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Joe Rees
4 Ian Gough
5 James King
6 Tom Smith (Capt)
7 Sam Lewis
8 Joe Bearman

16 Mefin Davies
17 Ryan Bevington
18 Will Taylor
19 Jonathan Thomas/Lloyd Peers
20 George Stowers
21 Rhys Webb
22 Matthew Morgan
23 Ashley Beck

A decision will be made regarding Jonathan Thomas’ fitness on Friday, as he recovers from the back injury that meant he missed last weekend’s win over Aironi.

Stefan Watermeyer makes his PRO12 debut
Scott Baldwin makes his first PRO12 start
Will Taylor will make his PRO12 debut if he comes off the bench

The following players were not considered because of injury:
Will Price – ACL
Cai Griffiths – Arm
Aaron Jarvis – Rib
Richard Kelly – Wrist
Ben John – Groin
Gareth Owen – ACL
Nikki Walker – ACL

There are 16 players absent on international duty with Wales, Ireland, Wales U20, and Scotland U20.

Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys, commented:
“It’s good to go to Ulster off the back of two wins but we know that there’s going to have be a real improvement from last week if we are going to make it three from three.

“Ravenhill is always a difficult place to go, even more so when they are in the kind of form they’ve shown during their European campaign this season. It’s likely to be a full house, a passionate atmosphere, and a difficult evening for what is largely a young Ospreys team, with a sprinkling of experience. It’s nights like these where you learn a lot about a team, about the character and spirit of young guys. It’s going to be a great test.

“We’ve got ourselves in a good position in the PRO12, mainly down to these guys, who’ve been here during the World Cup and Six Nations. We need to maintain our focus now and make sure we finish the job in the coming weeks and secure that home semi-final."

Forthcoming fixtures
Fri 2 Mar – Ospreys v Glasgow – Liberty Stadium – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.05pm
Fri 23 Mar – Leinster v Ospreys – RDS Showground – RaboDirect PRO12 – 7.05pm
Sat 31 Mar – Ospreys v Benetton Treviso – Liberty Stadium – RaboDirect PRO12 – 6.30pm