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Ospreys team to face Cardiff Blues

Guinness PRO12 Editor

29 Nov 2012

The Ospreys team to play Cardiff Blues at Liberty Stadium on Friday 30th November, KO 19.05, is as follows

15 Richard Fussell
14 Ross Jones
13 Tom Isaacs
12 Andrew Bishop
11 Eli Walker
10 Matthew Morgan
9 Kahn Fotuali’i (Capt)

1 Duncan Jones
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Cai Griffiths
4 Ian Gough
5 James King
6 George Stowers
7 Sam Lewis
8 Joe Bearman

16 Matthew Dwyer
17 Marc Thomas
18 Dmitri Arhip
19 Lloyd Peers
20 Morgan Allen
21 Rhys Webb
22 Sam Davies
23 Jonathan Spratt

Dmitri Arhip will make his Ospreys debut if he comes off the bench
Sam Davies will make his RaboDirect PRO12 debut if he comes off the bench

The following players were not considered because of injury:
Alun Wyn Jones – Shoulder
Hanno Dirksen – Knee
Joe Rees – Neck
Jonathan Thomas – Groin
Adam Jones – Knee
Tom Smith – Groin
Aaron Jarvis – Knee
Richard Hibbard – Shoulder
Owen Williams – Hamstring
Ian Evans, Justin Tipuric, Ryan Jones, Dan Biggar and Ashley Beck are all unavailable on international duty.

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:
“It’s important that we show the right character and spirit after a disappointing second half showing in Edinburgh last weekend. We were extremely disappointed to come away with nothing and we know how crucial it us that we bounce back and put on the kind of performance that is expected from an Ospreys team this weekend.

“It’s a massive game, a local derby and a chance to see some great young Welsh talent on both sides going head to head, with some real quality older players thrown into the blend. I’m really looking forward to the game. When you look through the teamsheet and see the quality of players that we have still available even when missing so many, it says a lot about the work we are doing here to bring through players.

“The crowd have been fantastic at the Liberty this season and I wouldn’t expect them to be any different on Friday night. The management team have been creative with some great ticket offers to encourage people out for the evening to come and see live rugby and we hope that the fans will be behind the team and the cause this weekend.”

Forthcoming Fixtures
Sat 8 Dec – 14.35KO – Toulouse v Ospreys – Heineken Cup
Sat 15 Dec – 13.35KO – Ospreys v Toulouse – Heineken Cup
Wed 26 Dec – 17.30KO – Ospreys v Scarlets – RaboDirect PRO12
Mon 31 Dec – 16.15KO – Newport Gwent Dragons v Ospreys – RaboDirect PRO12