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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Ospreys sign Tongan star T-Pole
Hale T-Pole (Huw Evans Agency)
T-Pole has signed a one year deal with the Ospreys
The Ospreys have signed Tongan international back row Hale T-Pole on a year's contract from New Zealand Super 14 side Highlangers.

T-Pole, 28, arrives in Wales this week and could make his debut aainst Worcester Warriers later this month.

Ospreys director of rugby Kevin Hopkins said: "Recent injuries have made it necessary for us to look for some additional resource in our back row.

"Hale will give us this cover through to the end of the season."

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Hale has won nine Tongan and two Pacific Island national caps and was part of the Tongan squad in World Cup.

He scored a try in the 36-20 defeat to England during the Pool stage of the tournament on 28 September.

Hopkins added: "Whilst we are committed to developing the promising young back row talent we have coming through in Rory Pitman, Tom Smith and Ben Lewis we have made the judgment that at this time we need experience in key positions.

"I am sure our younger players will gain from the experience of playing and training with him."

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