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Justin Tipuric extends Ospreys stay until 2020

Published 07/11/2016

Justin Tipuric has extended his stay with the Ospreys
Justin Tipuric has extended his stay with the Ospreys

Wales and British and Irish Lions flanker Justin Tipuric has signed a new deal with the Ospreys that will keep him with the region until 2020.

The 27-year-old has spent his entire career at the Liberty Stadium, making 128 appearances while also earning 44 caps for Wales and featuring in one Test for the Lions in 2013.

His signing comes hot on the heels of fellow back-rower and Wales team-mate Dan Lydiate extending his stay with the Ospreys, and Tupuric admits he was never tempted to leave the 2012 Pro12 champions.

"It's a good place to be at. It was an easy decision," he said. "We are going in the right direction and I'm happy to sign for the team I support.

"The group of players we've got now helps, obviously family comes into it, and you want to win things. I've won one league with the Ospreys and I want to win more, which I think we can do.

"There have been some ups and downs over the last few seasons but we've learned from them and are in a much better place. With some experienced players added to the squad, key players re-signing and plenty of young talent coming through, it's an exciting time for the Ospreys."

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy added: "Justin is an unbelievable talent and a fantastic Osprey, so it is excellent news for us that he sees his long-term future here.

"Not only does he have phenomenal talent, he has a work ethic to match, which is the secret of why he has become one of the best sevens around.

"When you look at him in our environment, head down and working hard, you realise what a great role model he is, whether that be working hard with the youngsters to help them improve, or leading by example striving for excellence in his own game, he is relentless.

"For a player of his calibre to re-sign, it's great for us."

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