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Hooker Hibbard commits to Ospreys

Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard
Hibbard was tipped for a Lions spot after last season's EDF final

Ospreys and Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has signed a new four-year deal at the region.

The 24-year-old, capped by Wales during their summer tour to South Africa earlier this year, will remain with the Welsh regional side until 2012.

He is currently sidelined by a shoulder injury, but could be back in action by the end of the month.

"We believe Richard has the potential to be one of the world's best hookers," said Ospreys coach Jon Humphreys.

"We are delighted that he sees his long-term future with the Ospreys.

"He is a highly-motivated individual who has a strong desire to be a success, and the improvements in his game over the last 12 months are clear."

Hibbard joins the likes of Gavin Henson, Shane Williams and Jonathan Thomas in agreeing a long-term deal with the Swansea-based side.

see also
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BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales
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11 Apr 07 |  Rugby Union
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Anglo-Welsh Cup
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