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Samoa back-rower George Stowers joins Ospreys

George Stowers
Back-rower George Stowers has won 20 caps for Samoa

Ospreys have signed Samoa international George Stowers on a two-year deal from English Premiership side London Irish.

The 32-year-old back-rower, who can play at number eight or blindside flanker, will join the Magners League champions at the end of the season.

"I'm excited about signing for the Ospreys and what looks like an exciting challenge ahead," said Stowers.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me to be part of a forward thinking and ambitious set-up."

Stowers started his career with Pukekohe in New Zealand before moving on to Counties Makukau and then to the Waikato Chiefs in 2000.

Two years later, he joined Kobe in Japan where he spent seven years signing for London Irish in 2009, making 40 appearances, scoring six tries.

His international debut came against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in November 2001, but he had to wait seven years for his next cap, which came in a Pacific Nations Cup match against Fiji in June 2008.

Since then, Stowers has been a regular in the Samoa starting XV, earning 20 caps of which he captained seven times and has scored three tries.

"George will bring a real physical presence to our back-row, and as we experienced ourselves in the two games against London Irish in the Heineken Cup, he provides a real nuisance value, making life incredibly difficult for the opposition with his high work-rate," said Ospreys elite performance director Andrew Hore.

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