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Ospreys team to play Munster

Guinness PRO14 Rugby Editor

1 Dec 2017

The Ospreys team to play Munster at Irish Independent Park on Saturday 2nd December 2017, KO 5.30pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans
14 Hanno Dirksen
13 Kieron Fonotia
12 James Hook
11 Jeff Hassler
10 Sam Davies
9 Tom Habberfield

1 Gareth Thomas
2 Sam Parry
3 Dmitri Arhip
4 Lloyd Ashley
5 Bradley Davies (Capt)
6 Olly Cracknell
7 Will Jones
8 James King

REPLACEMENTS
16 Scott Baldwin
17 Rowan Jenkins
18 Ma’afu Fia
19 Rob McCusker
20 Guy Mercer
21 Reuben Morgan-Williams
22 Luke Price
23 Joe Thomas

Gareth Thomas and Will Jones makes their first PRO14 starts
Rowan Jenkins will make his PRO14 debut if he comes on
Bradley Davies makes his 100th Championship appearance

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

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

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury

Cory Allen – Knee
Dan Baker – Knee
Ashley Beck – Groin
Keelan Giles – Knee
Dafydd Howells – Shoulder
Paul James – Calf
Brian Mujati – Shoulder
Scott Otten – Shoulder
Rory Thornton – Shoulder
Justin Tipuric – Thigh
Eli Walker – Back
Kieran Williams – Ankle
Tom Williams – Forearm

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

“Going to Munster always presents a sizeable challenge, any time of the season and whoever is on the field. This weekend is no different with Munster able to welcome back their Ireland contingent and Wales playing against South Africa.

“Clearly we have to see a reaction after the huge disappointment of Sunday, with the circumstances meaning the onus is on this group of players and us as coaches to find a solution. We can’t dwell on it, we have to learn from it and look forward. It’s a cliché maybe, but it’s the reality of where we are this weekend with a short turnaround, the travel and player availability.

“We certainly won’t be sitting in a corner feeling sorry for ourselves. We know we are in a fight and will stick together to do the Ospreys badge justice.”

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 9 Dec – 5.30pm KO – Northampton Saints v Ospreys – Franklin’s Gardens – ERCC
Sun 17 Dec – 3.15pm KO – Ospreys v Northampton Saints – Liberty Stadium – ERCC
Tues 26 Dec – 5.35pm KO – Scarlets v Ospreys – Parc y Scarlets – PRO14
Sun 31 Dec – 5.35pm KO – Dragons v Ospreys – Rodney Parade – PRO14

 

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