Ospreys (rugby union)

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Ospreys
Ospreys Rugby logo.svg
Union Welsh Rugby Union
Founded 2003; 15 years ago (2003)
Location Swansea, Wales
Ground(s) Liberty Stadium (Capacity: 20,827)
Chairman David Jones
Coach(es) Allen Clarke
Captain(s) Justin Tipuric
Most caps Paul James (232)
Top scorer Dan Biggar (2,203)
Most tries Shane Williams (57)
League(s) Pro14, Conference A
2017–18 5th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.ospreysrugby.com

The Ospreys (Welsh: Y Gweilch), formerly the Neath-Swansea Ospreys[1] is one of the four professional rugby union teams from Wales. They compete in the Pro14 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. The team formed as a result of Neath RFC and Swansea RFC combining to create a new merged entity, as part of the new regional structure of Welsh rugby, that began in 2003. They are also affiliated with a number of local semi-professional and amateur clubs, including Welsh Premier Division sides Aberavon RFC, Bridgend Ravens, and original founding clubs Neath and Swansea. The regional area represented by the team has widely become known for rugby purposes as 'Ospreylia'.[2]

Their main home ground is the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, although some smaller profile games have been played at the Brewery Field, Bridgend. Ospreys currently play in a black home strip, while the away strip is white and orange. The Ospreys logo consists of an image of an Osprey mask.

The Ospreys are the most successful Welsh team in the history of the Celtic League or Pro12 tournament, having won the competition four times. They also became the first and only Welsh regional team to beat a major touring side, defeating Australia 24–16 in 2006.[3]

History[edit]

Cardiff Blues
Cardiff
Llanelli Scarlets
Llanelli
The Ospreys
Swansea
Neath
Newport Gwent Dragons
Newport
The 4 Welsh Rugby Union Regions of Wales

Infancy[edit]

On 24 July 2003 it was announced that the new team jointly representing Neath RFC and Swansea RFC would be known as the Neath-Swansea Ospreys.[4] The Ospreys part of the team's name was inspired by the use of the bird as Swansea RFC's centenary badge.[5] Former Neath RFC coach Lyn Jones was appointed as head coach, who named Scott Gibbs as the team's first captain.[6] 5 September 2003 saw the region play their first competitive game, a 41–30 Celtic League home win over Irish province Ulster at The Gnoll in Neath.[7] Leeds Tykes were the Ospreys' first Heineken Cup opponents, with the English team triumphing 29–20 on 7 December 2003.[8] They struggled to recover from their opening defeat, finishing bottom of their pool, recording their only victory against the Tykes' at home in the final round at St. Helens.[9] Domestically the Ospreys' did salvage some pride, avoiding becoming the lowest placed Welsh region, by pipping Cardiff Blues to fifth place in the Celtic League.[10]

Following the demise of the Celtic Warriors region on 1 June 2004,[11] Neath-Swansea Ospreys had their borders extended to cover much of the Bridgend and Ogmore areas to the east.[12] However, for logistical reasons it was decided that no home games would be played at Bridgend RFC's Brewery Field.[13] Former Warriors players David Bishop, Brent Cockbain, Ryan Jones and Sonny Parker were signed by the Ospreys'.

2004–2007[edit]

The 2004–05 season saw significant on field improvement for the region. A capacity crowd of 10,280 were present at The Gnoll on 26 March 2005 to witness the Ospreys claim their first piece of silverware. A 29–12 win over Edinburgh, with two rounds of the competition still remaining, saw the team crowned Celtic League champions.[14] However Impressive back to back wins over Harlequins were not enough to overcome Munster in the pool stages of that season's Heineken Cup. On 14 May 2005 it was announced that the 'Neath-Swansea' part of the team's name would be dropped, with them to be referred to as the Ospreys.[1]

A growing sense of expectation surrounded the team heading into 2005–06, an expectation they struggled to cope with, finishing a disappointing seventh in the Celtic League. A difficult Heineken Cup pool made up of tough opposition in Leicester Tigers, Stade Francais and ASM Clermont Auvergne proved too difficult, as they finished a distant third. A gutsy home victory over Stade[15] and a last gasp defeat to Leicester,[16] did however offer some crumbs of comfort. In April 2006, it was announced that noted former New Zealand All Blacks scrum half Justin Marshall had signed to play for Ospreys.

The Ospreys won the Celtic League during the 2006/07 season, topping the league by a single point and taking the title with an away win at Borders. Winning the Celtic League for a second time meant the Ospreys were the first team to have won the Celtic League twice. In February 2008, the Ospreys provided 13 of the starting line-up for Wales in their Six Nations match against England, setting a new record for the number of players from one region playing for their national side. During the 2007/08 season the Ospreys reached Quarter-final of the Heineken Cup for the first time but unexpectedly lost to Saracens. The following week they won the EDF Energy Cup beating Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.

In November 2006 when it became apparent that Wales 'A' would not be able to face Australia A national rugby union team midweek during their November tour, the Ospreys became the first Welsh region to play a major international side since regional rugby was introduced, a match they won 24–16.[17] Following the win over the Wallabies, the term Ospreylia became ingrained in popular culture[18][19][20] with it being adopted by the region and its supporters as a description of the geographical area covered by the region, with supporters known as Ospreylians. Peter Black, Assembly Member for south west Wales has declared himself as AM for Ospreylia on his own blog.[21]

On 23 February 2007, the Ospreys played their first 'A' team match, against Newport-Gwent Dragons 'A' at Bridgend, which was the first 'A' match fixture for any of the Welsh regional sides. They lost the match 22–10. They have since gone on to play Worcester 'A' in April, a game which they lost 24–23 to an injury-time penalty.

2008–2011[edit]

In February 2008 Andrew Hore was appointed as the Ospreys as elite performance director. Previously Hore had been high performance manager with the New Zealand Rugby Union.[22]

A disappointing seventh-place finish in the Celtic League and a surprise Heineken Cup quarter-final exit to Saracens F.C. saw head coach Lyn Jones resign at the end of the 2007–08 season, on 16 May 2008 Assistant Coach Sean Holley and forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys would continue as part of a new management structure being overseen by Andrew Hore, until a replacement could be found.[23] Scott Johnson, the former Head Coach of the Welsh national team, and Attack Coach when Wales won the Six Nations Championship Grand Slam in 2005 for the first time in 27 years, was announced as Director of Coaching at the Ospreys on 29 January 2009.

On 21 April 2009, the Ospreys had six players included in the British and Irish Lions' squad for the 2009 South African tour: Lee Byrne (Fullback), Tommy Bowe and Shane Williams (Wings), Mike Phillips (Scrum Half), Alun-Wyn Jones (Lock) and Adam Jones (Prop). One notable omission however, was Wales and Ospreys captain Ryan Jones. The Ospreys announced the signing of former New Zealand All Blacks captain Jerry Collins on 9 May 2009.[24] Collins had been a stalwart for the All Blacks, since 2004 but retired from international rugby in 2008.

A 29–28 defeat by Biarritz on 10 April 2010 dashed the team's hopes of a first Heineken Cup semi-final appearance. A late Nicky Walker try in San Sebastien proved in vain.[25] However, on 29 May 2010, the Ospreys won the 2009–10 Celtic League by defeating Leinster in the final by 17–12 at the RDS Arena in Dublin.[26]

Following a wide-ranging review, Andrew Hore, previously elite performance director at the Ospreys, became on 26 April 2011 chief operations officer at the region.[22]

2010–11 would not see the region reach the heights of the previous one. Despite winning all their home pool games in the Heineken Cup, a failure to win on the road proved costly, with Munster and Toulon progressing instead. Another win for Munster at Thomond Park on 14 May 2011, ended the Ospreys Celtic League aspirations at the semi-final stage.[27]

2012–[edit]

Former player Steve Tandy was appointed as new Ospreys head coach on 15 February 2012 replacing Sean Holley in the role, as Scott Johnson also departed to take up a coaching role with Scotland.[28] Both Holley and Johnson's final game as part of the coaching setup at the Liberty Stadium had been a 36–5 away loss to Biarritz, which marked the end of a Heineken Cup campaign that saw them again fail to win on their travels. New coach Tandy enjoyed a successful start to his tenure, winning eight of his first ten matches as full-time Head Coach, including winning the 2011–12 Pro12 following a 31–30 win over Leinster at the RDS, thanks to a late Shane Williams try in his final match for the region 29–30 and Dan Biggar adding a difficult conversion for the win 31–30.[29] Ospreys have reached 2 semi-finals in the subsequent 5 seasons, but not made the final.

Honours[edit]

Season records[edit]

Celtic League / Pro12 / Pro14[edit]

Season Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2003–04 5th 22 11 1 10 9 55
2004–05 1st 20 16 1 3 10 76
2005–06 7th 22 11 0 9 3 55[n 1]
2006–07 1st 20 14 0 6 8 64
2007–08 7th 18 6 1 11 11 37
2008–09 4th 18 11 0 7 8 52
2009–10 2nd 18 13 0 5 6 52
Semi-final Ospreys 20 – 15 Glasgow Warriors
Grand Final Leinster 12 – 17 Ospreys
2010–11 4th 22 12 1 9 13 63
Semi-final Munster 18 – 11 Ospreys
2011–12 2nd 22 16 1 5 5 71
Semi-final Ospreys 45 – 10 Munster
Grand Final Leinster 30 – 31 Ospreys
2012–13 5th 22 14 1 7 4 62
2013–14 5th 22 13 1 8 6 66
2014–15 3rd 22 16 1 5 8 74
Semi-final Munster 21 – 18 Ospreys
2015–16 8th 22 11 1 10 9 55
2016–17 4th 22 14 0 8 13 69
Semi-final Munster 23 – 3 Ospreys
2017–18 Conference A, 5th 21 9 1 12 8 44
  1. ^ 11 teams were involved in this season, so one team did not play each week and were awarded 4 points instead.
    Therefore, each team finished the season with 8 more points than the table would seem to warrant.

Celtic Cup[edit]

Season Round Match
2003–04 1st Leinster 35 – 21 Neath-Swansea Ospreys

Heineken Cup / Rugby Champions Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2003–04 Pool 2 4th 6 1 0 5 0 4
2004–05 Pool 4 3rd 6 3 0 3 2 14
2005–06 Pool 4 3rd 6 2 0 4 1 9
2006–07 Pool 3 2nd 6 4 1 1 2 20
2007–08 Pool 2 2nd 6 5 0 1 1 21
Quarter-final Saracens 19 – 10 Ospreys
2008–09 Pool 3 2nd 6 4 0 2 4 20
Quarter-final Munster 43 – 9 Ospreys
2009–10 Pool 3 2nd 6 4 1 1 2 20
Quarter-final Biarritz Olympique 29 – 28 Ospreys
2010–11 Pool 3 3rd 6 3 0 3 2 14
2011–12 Pool 5 3rd 6 2 1 3 3 13
2012–13 Pool 2 3rd 6 2 1 3 2 12
2013–14 Pool 1 4th 6 1 0 5 1 5
2014–15 Pool 5 3rd 6 1 1 4 3 9
2015–16 Pool 2 3rd 6 3 0 3 4 16
2017–18 Pool 2 3rd 6 2 1 3 5 15

Rugby Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2016–17 Pool 2 1st 6 6 0 0 6 30
Quarter-final Ospreys 21–25 Stade Français
2018–19 Pool 2 TBC 0 0 0 0 0 0

Anglo-Welsh Cup[edit]

Season Group/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2005–06 Group A 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 6
2006–07 Group A 1st 3 3 0 0 2 14
Semi-final Ospreys 27 – 10 Cardiff Blues
Final Leicester Tigers 41 – 35 Ospreys
2007–08 Group C 1st 3 3 0 0 2 14
Semi-final Ospreys 30 – 3 Saracens
Final Ospreys 23 – 6 Leicester Tigers
2008–09 Group C 1st 3 2 0 1 2 10
Semi-final Gloucester 17 – 0 Ospreys
2009–10 Pool 1 4th 4 1 0 3 1 5
2010–11 Pool 4 3rd 4 3 0 1 2 14
2011–12 Pool 1 3rd 4 1 0 3 1 5
2012–13 Pool 4 3rd 4 1 0 3 2 6
2013–14 Pool 3 2nd 4 1 0 3 2 6
2014–15 Pool 4 2nd 4 1 0 3 1 6
2016–17 Pool 2 2nd 4 3 0 1 3 15
2017–18 Pool 4 4th 4 1 0 3 0 4

Home grounds[edit]

Liberty Stadium

In their first two seasons, the Ospreys shared their home games between St Helen's (home ground of Swansea RFC) and The Gnoll (home ground of Neath RFC). Since their third season in 2005–06, they have played at the purpose-built 20,000 seat Liberty Stadium in Landore, Swansea, which is shared with Swansea City. The Liberty Stadium, with double the capacity of St Helen's, has seen a capacity crowd for the matches against international tourists Australia 'A' team (1 November 2006[30]) and against local rivals the Scarlets.[31] On 12 November 2010 the team played their first competitive fixture at the Brewery Field home ground of Bridgend Ravens in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.[32]

Kit suppliers[edit]

From their foundation to the 2013–14 season, the Ospreys kit suppliers were Kooga. Between the seasons 2014-2017, BLK supplied the Ospreys kits. Canterbury will supply the kits for the 2018 season. Lovell Rugby will replace BT Sport as shirt centre sponsor.

Current standings[edit]

2018–19 Pro14 Table view · watch · edit · discuss
Conference A
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 5 0 1 197 119 +78 28 14 5 0 25
2 Wales Ospreys 5 4 0 1 125 94 +31 14 12 1 0 17
3 Ireland Munster 5 3 0 2 174 82 +92 25 9 3 0 15
4 Ireland Connacht 6 3 0 3 126 112 +14 14 13 1 2 15
5 Wales Cardiff Blues 5 2 0 3 142 120 +22 15 16 2 3 13
6 Italy Zebre 6 2 0 4 92 146 −54 12 17 2 0 10
7 South Africa Cheetahs 6 0 1 5 119 236 −117 17 32 2 1 5
Conference B
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Ireland Leinster 5 4 0 1 157 75 +82 21 8 3 1 20
2 Scotland Edinburgh 6 3 0 3 134 139 −5 14 19 2 2 16
3 Ireland Ulster 6 3 1 2 134 174 –40 14 21 1 1 16
4 Wales Scarlets 5 3 0 2 148 112 +36 19 12 2 1 15
5 Italy Benetton 5 2 0 3 117 138 −21 16 16 2 1 11
6 Wales Dragons 5 2 0 3 83 129 −46 9 20 0 1 9
7 South Africa Southern Kings 5 1 0 4 97 169 −72 13 22 2 1 7
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order -[33]
  1. number of matches won
  2. the difference between points for and points against
  3. the number of tries scored
  4. the most points scored
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against
  6. the fewest red cards received
  7. the fewest yellow cards received

Green background indicates teams that compete in the Pro14 play-offs, and also earn a place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
(excluding South African teams who are ineligible)

Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
Yellow background indicates the fourth-ranked eligible teams in each conference that play-off against each other for the seventh place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Losing semi-finalists. (QF) Losing quarter-finalists. (PO) Champions Cup play-off winners.

Current squad[edit]

The Ospreys squad for 2018–19 is:[34]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Scott Baldwin Hooker Wales Wales
Scott Otten Hooker Wales Wales
Sam Parry Hooker Wales Wales
Ifan Phillips Hooker Wales Wales
Tom Botha Prop South Africa South Africa
Maʻafu Fia* Prop Tonga Tonga
Gheorghe Gajion Prop Moldova Moldova
Paul James Prop Wales Wales
Alex Jeffries Prop Wales Wales
Rhodri Jones Prop Wales Wales
Nicky Smith Prop Wales Wales
Gareth Thomas Prop Wales Wales
Lloyd Ashley Lock Wales Wales
Adam Beard Lock Wales Wales
Bradley Davies Lock Wales Wales
Alun Wyn Jones Lock Wales Wales
Giorgi Nemsadze Lock Georgia (country) Georgia
Dan Baker Back row Wales Wales
Olly Cracknell Back row Wales Wales
Sam Cross Back row Wales Wales
Will Jones Back row Wales Wales
James King Back row Wales Wales
Dan Lydiate Back row Wales Wales
Rob McCusker Back row Wales Wales
Justin Tipuric (c) Back row Wales Wales
Guido Volpi Back row Argentina Argentina
Player Position Union
Matthew Aubrey Scrum-half Wales Wales
Aled Davies Scrum-half Wales Wales
Tom Habberfield Scrum-half Wales Wales
Reuben Morgan-Williams Scrum-half Wales Wales
Sam Davies Fly-half Wales Wales
Luke Price Fly-half Wales Wales
Cory Allen Centre Wales Wales
James Hook Centre Wales Wales
Johnny Kôtze Centre South Africa South Africa
Joe Thomas Centre Wales Wales
Owen Watkin Centre Wales Wales
Scott Williams Centre Wales Wales
Hanno Dirksen* Wing South Africa South Africa
Keelan Giles Wing Wales Wales
Lesley Klim Wing Namibia Namibia
Luke Morgan Wing Wales Wales
George North Wing Wales Wales
Tom Williams Wing Wales Wales
Dan Evans Fullback Wales Wales
  • * Denotes a player who is Welsh qualified.
  • ‡ Denotes a player who is on a WRU 'National Dual Contract'.
  • Notes:

Development Squad & Additional Players[edit]

The following players are graduates of Ospreys age grade rugby and will train as part of a B group:[35]

Additional players that have represented the Ospreys but are not listed in the First Team squad or B group, or have represented the Ospreys Development Squad are also included here.[36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43]

Richard Fussell will lead the Ospreys development squad, assisted by Andrew Bishop and Duncan Jones.[44]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Robert Jones Hooker Wales Wales
Dewi Lake Hooker Wales Wales
Cameron Lewis Hooker Wales Wales
Garin Lloyd Hooker Wales Wales
Garyn Daniels Prop Wales Wales
Rhys Davies Prop Wales Wales
Jordan Roberts Prop Wales Wales
Rhys Henry Prop Wales Wales
Mitchell Walsh Prop Wales Wales
Jordan Walters Prop Wales Wales
Ed Cousins Lock Wales Wales
Matthew Dodd Lock Wales Wales
Matt Donnelly Lock Wales Wales
Will Griffiths Lock Wales Wales
James Ratti Lock Wales Wales
Jay Williams Lock Wales Wales
Jake Woodward Lock Wales Wales
Mike Connor Back row Wales Wales
Charlie Davies Back row Wales Wales
Joe Grabham Back row Wales Wales
Chris John Back row Wales Wales
Morgan Morris Back row Wales Wales
Iwan Shenton Back row Wales Wales
Jamie Williams Back row Wales Wales
Player Position Union
Harri Morgan Scrum-half Wales Wales
Iwan Temlett Scrum-half Wales Wales
Cai Evans Fly-half Wales Wales
Josh Thomas Fly-half Wales Wales
Callum Carson Centre Wales Wales
Joe Jenkins Centre Wales Wales
Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler Centre Wales Wales
Kieran Williams Centre Wales Wales
Ben Cambriani Wing Wales Wales
Dewi Cross Wing Wales Wales
Frankie Jones Wing Wales Wales
Caine Woolerton Fullback Wales Wales
Dylan Moss Fullback Wales Wales

Coaching staff[edit]

Andrew Millward (Managing Director)
Allen Clarke (Head Coach)
Matt Sherratt (Backs Coach)
Brad Davis (Defence Coach)
Shaun Edwards (Consultancy Defence Coach)
Duncan Jones (Scrum Coach)
Richard Fussell (Skills Coach)
Andrew Bishop (Skills Coach)
Daniel Griffiths (Rugby General Manager)
Chris Davey (Head of International Recruitment)
Gareth Walters (Development Coach)
Chris Towers (Medical Performance Manager)
Simon Davies (Lead Doctor)
Matthew Bowen (Physio)
Anthony Carter (Physio)
Alex Lawson (Head of Strength & Conditioning)
Simon Church (Strength & Conditioning)
Shaun McAuliffe (Kit Custodian)
Craig Whelan (Senior Analyst)
Matt Bruce (Analyst)
Jon Williams (Dietician)
Stephen Mellalieu (Sports Psychologist)
Dai Davies (Team Logistics Manager)

Notable players & coaches[edit]

Welsh Internationals[edit]

The following players have represented Wales internationally and represented the Ospreys.[45]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

The following players were selected for the British and Irish Lions touring squads while playing for the Ospreys.[46]

Centurions[edit]

Players who have reached the 100 appearance mark for the Ospreys. The first numbers in brackets are the years they represented the Ospreys, while the second numbers in bold are the number of caps they received. Caps updated on 13 October 2018.

Notable Non-Welsh Players[edit]

Notable non-Welsh players who have international caps to their name and represented the Ospreys.[45]

Former coaches[edit]

ERC Elite Awards[edit]

During the 10th anniversary season of the Heineken Cup, ERC, the tournament organisers, introduced the ERC Elite Awards scheme to recognise and reward the glittering list of elite players and teams who have made outstanding contributions to the northern hemisphere's leading club rugby tournament.

Ospreys were awarded the ERC team award for playing 50 games[47]

Ospreys players who have been awarded 50 tournament caps are:[48]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.walesonline.co.uk/rugbynation/rugby-news/tm_objectid=15516747&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=ospreys-in-name-change-name_page.html
  2. ^ Updated 9:58am 2 November 2012 (2006-10-28). "Rugby puts Ospreylia on the map - Rugby Columnists - Rugby". WalesOnline. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  3. ^ "Ospreys 24-16 Australia". BBC News. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  4. ^ "Ospreys set to soar". BBC News. 2003-07-24. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  5. ^ "The night the Ospreys got set for take-off in rugby union | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  6. ^ Administrator, Sotic (2 September 2003). "News : Who Are The Ospreys?". Ulster Rugby. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Ospreys soar on debut". BBC News. 2003-09-05. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  8. ^ http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/matchcentre/16651.php
  9. ^ Sport (1 February 2004). "Heineken Cup Round-up". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  10. ^ "Match Centre : Ospreys Have The Last Laugh". RaboDirectPRO12. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  11. ^ "WRU axe falls on Warriors". BBC News. 2004-06-01. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  12. ^ "Regions call to ex-Warriors". BBC News. 2004-07-07. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  13. ^ "Ospreys shun Brewery Field". BBC News. 2004-08-03. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  14. ^ "Ospreys 29-12 Edinburgh". BBC News. 2005-03-26. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  15. ^ "ERC : Match Centre : Heineken Cup : Ospreys Take Points After Tense Thriller". Ercrugby.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  16. ^ "ERC : Match Centre : Heineken Cup : Tigers Snatch Late Victory". Ercrugby.com. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  17. ^ "Wallabies to face Ospreys". Sky Sports. Retrieved 16 August 2006.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Rugby puts Ospreylia on the map WalesOnline, 28 October 2006
  19. ^ Ordnance Survey maps out special edition for 'Ospreylia' WalesOnline, 27 October 2006
  20. ^ Amazon found in the continent called Ospreylia WalesOnline, 17 April 2006
  21. ^ "Probably the best region in the World". Peter Black AM. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  22. ^ a b GMT (2011-04-26). "BBC Sport - New role for Andrew Hore at the Ospreys". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  23. ^ "Celtic League – Jones leaves Ospreys". Yahoo! Sport UK & Ireland. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2008.[dead link]
  24. ^ Club (10 May 2009). "Jerry Collins signs for Ospreys". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  25. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby Union - Biarritz 29-28 Ospreys". BBC News. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  26. ^ Petrie, Richard (2010-05-29). "Leinster 12–17 Ospreys". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
  27. ^ "Match Centre : Munster set up Limerick showdown with Leinster". RaboDirectPRO12. 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  28. ^ GMT (2012-02-15). "Steve Tandy replaces Sean Holley as Ospreys coach". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  29. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/18169721
  30. ^ Ospreys 24–16 Australia BBC Sport, 1 November 2006
  31. ^ Ospreys 50–24 Scarlets BBC Sport, 26 December 2006
  32. ^ "Kristian Phillips inspires Ospreys to victory over Leicester Tigers". The Guardian. London. 12 November 2010.
  33. ^ Competition Rule 3.5 "Summary of Key Rules". Pro14. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  34. ^ "2017/2018 Ospreys Squad". Ospreys. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  35. ^ "Young talent handed chance to step up". Ospreys. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Ospreys team to play Northampton Saints". Ospreys. 9 August 2018.
  37. ^ "Ospreys development team announcement". Ospreys. 31 August 2018.
  38. ^ "Ospreys development team announcement". Ospreys. 6 September 2018.
  39. ^ "Ospreys Development team announcement". Ospreys. 14 September 2018.
  40. ^ "Ospreys Development team announcement". Ospreys. 20 September 2018.
  41. ^ "Ospreys Development team announcement". Ospreys. 27 September 2018.
  42. ^ "Ospreys Development team announcement". Ospreys. 4 October 2018.
  43. ^ "Ospreys Development team announcement". Ospreys. 12 October 2018.
  44. ^ "Fussell to lead development team". Ospreys. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  45. ^ a b http://www.ospreysrugby.com/Teams/Internationals
  46. ^ http://www.ospreysrugby.com/Teams/Lions
  47. ^ http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/elite/team_awards.php
  48. ^ http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/elite/fifty_tournament_caps.php

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