OSPREYS SET FOR GNOLL RETURN
The Ospreys will return to the scene of their first-ever competitive fixture – and first league title win – next month when they kick-start their 2019/20 preparations at the home of Neath RFC.
The historic Gnoll ground will host the Region’s first pre-season fixture, on Friday 30th August, KO 7.30pm, the first time that the Ospreys have played against Hartpury RFC from the Greene King IPA Championship.
It will be the first time that the Ospreys have played a senior fixture at the Gnoll since a crowd of more than 4,000 turned up to watch a young Maro Itoje lead Saracens to a 21-9 win in an LV-Cup tie in November 2014 – although age-grade and development fixtures have been played there regularly since.
A great way to end the summer and kick-off the new campaign, the game is included in a full-season membership. Tickets are now available to buy at www.ospreysrugby.com/buytickets priced at just £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. All U16s are FREE.
The fixture marks a welcome return to a familiar old venue, one which played joint home to the Ospreys for the first two years of our existence, prior to the opening of the Liberty Stadium in 2005.
The Gnoll hosted the Ospreys’ opening Celtic League game, the first competitive game for the Region, in September 2003. A crowd of 4,250 was present that evening to see the home team secure a 41-30 win over Ulster.
The Ospreys clinched a first ever Celtic League title with a 29-12 win over Edinburgh at the Gnoll in March 2005, the last competitive fixture played by the team in Neath prior to the move to the Liberty that autumn.
Seating is unreserved on a first come, first served basis for this game, which is sure to prove a memorable occasion as the Ospreys return to famous old ground.