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Ospreys team to play Clermont Auvergne

The Ospreys team to play Clermont Auvergne at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday 15th October 2017, KO 5.30pm, is as follows:

15 Dan Evans

14 Keelan Giles

13 Kieron Fonotia

12 Owen Watkin

11 Cory Allen

10 Dan Biggar

9 Rhys Webb

 

1 Nicky Smith

2 Scott Otten

3 Dmitri Arhip

4 Bradley Davies

5 Alun Wyn Jones (Capt)

6 Dan Lydiate

7 Justin Tipuric

8 Dan Baker

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Sam Parry

17 Paul James

18 Maafu Fia

19 Lloyd Ashley

20 Olly Cracknell

21 Tom Habberfield

22 Sam Davies

23 James Hook


Keelan Giles and Kieron Fonotia make their Champions Cup debuts

Scott Otten and Owen Watkin make their first Champions Cup starts 

 

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury 

Scott Baldwin - Hand

Ashley Beck Shoulder

Hanno Dirksen Knee

Jeff Hassler - HIA

Ben John - HIA

Brian Mujati Shoulder

Rory Thornton Shoulder

Eli Walker Back

  

Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said:

Anyone involved in professional sport wants to test themselves up against the very best and thats definitely what is in store for us over the next two weeks. Clermont and Saracens were the top two teams in Europe last season. Thats the size of the challenge we are up against but its an exciting prospect and we are really looking forward to Sundays game and then heading to Allianz Park next week. 

Weve got a good record at the Liberty against French sides. Weve gone up against some outstanding teams here over the years and beaten some top sides including Clermont. Its important that we go into this game believing in ourselves, we want to make sure that we kick-off the campaign positively.

There have been some fantastic European occasions at the Liberty, none more than the last time we played Clermont last year when we had a famous win, to make it three from three in that seasons competition. Hopefully well have another great occasion, one to remember, and the team and supporters can feed off each other to help to create the kind of special atmosphere that European nights are all about.

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

Sat 21 Oct 7.45pm KO Saracens v Ospreys Allianz Park ERCC

Fri 27 Oct 7.35pm KO Ospreys v Dragons Liberty Stadium PRO14

Sat 4 Nov 5.30pm KO Edinburgh v Ospreys Myreside PRO14

Fri 10 Nov 7.30pm KO Ospreys v Wasps Liberty Stadium - AW

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