The Ospreys team to play Toyota Cheetahs at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 8th September 2018, KO 5.30pm, is as follows:
15 Dan Evans; 14 George North; 13 Scott Williams; 12 Owen Watkin; 11 Tom Williams; 10 Sam Davies; 9 Aled Davies; 1 Nicky Smith; 2 Scott Otten; 3 Tom Botha; 4 Bradley Davies; 5 Alun Wyn Jones; 6 Dan Lydiate; 7 Justin Tipuric (Capt); 8 James King.
REPLACEMENTS – 16 Scott Baldwin; 17 Rhodri Jones; 18 Alex Jeffries; 19 Adam Beard; 20 Sam Cross; 21 Tom Habberfield; 22 James Hook; 23 Joe Thomas.
Tom Williams makes his Guinness PRO14 debut
The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:
Dan Baker – Knee
Olly Cracknell – Shoulder
Ma’afu Fia – Achilles
Gheorghe Gajion – Hamstring
Keelan Giles – Knee
Paul James – Shoulder
Will Jones – Shoulder
Lesley Klim – Hamstring
Rob McCusker – Calf
Sam Parry – Bicep
Luke Price- Fractured tibia
Gareth Thomas – Shoulder
Ospreys Head Coach, Allen Clarke, said:
”It was great to kick off the Guinness PRO14 season with a win against Edinburgh last weekend. A tough encounter with no quarter given by either team, the result was great for the whole squad, reflecting the efforts of all the players and management who’ve worked tirelessly throughout the summer.
“I was especially pleased with the boys’ character, particularly as we were unfortunate not to register at least one try early in the game. Momentum is important. It builds confidence and a thirst for more success. As always, there are areas to improve. It’s early days and we are a new squad with new players and new coaches but the atmosphere in the camp is excellent.
“Toyota Cheetahs are another quarter finalist team from last season. They will offer a different threat with game breakers throughout the team and we need to be ready for that but, as always, we will focus on our own and game and what we can bring to the contest.”
Fri 14 Sep – 7.35pm KO – Munster v Ospreys – Irish Independent Park
Sat 22 Sep – 7.35pm KO – Ospreys v Benetton Rugby – Liberty Stadium
Sat 29 Sep – 4.00pm (Local) – Zebre v Ospreys – Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Sat 6 Oct – 3.00pm – Scarlets v Ospreys – Parc y Scarlets