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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2008, 09:34 GMT
Byrne signs new Ospreys contract
Lee Byrne has established himself as the form full-back in Wales
Lee Byrne has established himself as the form full-back in Wales
Wales full-back Lee Byrne has committed himself to the Ospreys until at least the end of the 2011/12 season after signing a new four-year contract.

The 27-year-old's regional form has helped him cement a starting place in Warren Gatland's Wales side.

Including his brace against Italy on Saturday, Byrne has scored five tries in his 17 Tests for Wales.

"I'm delighted to be able to extend my contract for another four years," Byrne told the Ospreys website.

"I'm excited about the challenges that lie ahead, both for myself personally and for the Ospreys.


"With a second successive EDF semi-final and our first ever Heineken Cup quarter-final coming up over the next few weeks, there are exciting times ahead for us."

Bridgend product Byrne joined the Ospreys from rivals the Llanelli Scarlets in April 2006 and the 6ft 2in player has gone from strength to strength.

Ospreys head coach Lyn Jones was delighted that Byrne has committed his future to remaining at the Liberty Stadium.

"The news that Lee has agreed to commit his future to the region will no doubt give everybody at the Ospreys a huge boost," Jones said.

"Given Warren Gatland's recent comments about wanting his squad to remain in Wales, it is also good news for Welsh rugby in general.

"Lee is a brave, strong and aggressive player who is very much on top of his game at the moment, but here at the Ospreys we have always been well aware of what he is capable of."

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