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Ospreys team to play Edinburgh

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

3 Nov 2017

Paul James

The Ospreys team to play Edinburgh at Myreside on Saturday 4th November 2017, KO 5.30pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans
14 Dafydd Howells
13 James Hook
12 Ashley Beck
11 Tom Habberfield
10 Sam Davies
9 Brendon Leonard

1 Paul James (Capt)
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Dmitri Arhip
4 Lloyd Ashley
5 Bradley Davies
6 Olly Cracknell
7 Guy Mercer
8 Rob McCusker

REPLACEMENTS

16 Sam Parry
17 Gareth Thomas
18 Ma’afu Fia
19 Rory Thornton
20 James King
21 Reuben Morgan-Williams
22 Luke Price
23 Kieron Fonotia

The following players were unavailable for selection due to international duty:

Nicky Smith, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Cross, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar and Owen Watkin

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury

Dan Baker – Knee
Hanno Dirksen – Knee
Keelan Giles – Knee
Ben John – HIA
Jeff Hassler – HIA
Brian Mujati – Shoulder
Scott Otten – Shoulder
Eli Walker – Back

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“It was great to pick up the five points against the Dragons last weekend and we have to build on that this Saturday night before the championship breaks off for a couple of weeks.

“Edinburgh have been in good form and will be confident going into this game off the back of four straight wins across the PRO14 and Europe. With Richard Cockerill in charge this season we know that we’ll face a physical, strong and well-drilled pack and we have to match that to give ourselves a platform.

“We’ve started to build some momentum ourselves, with good performances against some quality teams leading into the win against the Dragons, and we have to take that to another level and start to make some progress in the PRO14.

“With boys away on international duty over the next month, it’s important that people coming into the matchday 23 take their chance and really show what they are about. Looking back at the international windows last season, we were in pretty good shape and picked up some crucial wins, including up in Edinburgh in February. The players who are involved this month will be well aware of the responsibility on their shoulders, and on the whole they are the ones who delivered for us this time last year.

“There’s a good mix of experience who will be the core of the team for us this month with some exciting youngsters who will get their chance, be it on Saturday or across the coming weeks, particularly around the Anglo Welsh. The spirit in the group is positive and everyone is looking forward to the challenges that an international window will always pose, players and coaches alike.”

Forthcoming Fixtures
Fri 10 Nov – 7.30pm KO – Ospreys v Wasps – Liberty Stadium – AW
Fri 17 Nov – 7.15pm KO – Cardiff Blues v Ospreys – Arms Park – AW
Sun 26 Nov – 1.00pm KO – Ospreys v Glasgow – Liberty Stadium – PRO14
Sat 2 Dec – 5.30pm KO – Munster v Ospreys – Irish Independent Park – PRO14

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