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Ospreys capture tight-head Davies

Ross Davies
Ross Davies made two first team appearances for Sale

The Ospreys have confirmed the signing of Welsh tight-head prop Ross Davies on a three-year contract from Sale Sharks.

The 25-year-old former Wales age-grade international will join up with the squad at the end of June.

Davies was a part of the Wales Under-21 side that did the Grand Slam in 2005 alongside current Ospreys Andrew Bishop, Alun Wyn Jones and Ian Evans.

"Signing for the Ospreys is an excellent move for me personally and professionally," said Davies.

"I'm really looking forward to pre-season and a new challenge."

Davies came through the ranks at Newbridge before moving to the Galwegians club in Galway, where he also played for Connacht 'A' on a number of occasions.

He returned to Wales in the summer of 2007 to sign for Neath, spending just one season there before moving to Sale Sharks where he made two first-team appearances for Sale including one against Cardiff Blues in the EDF Energy Cup in October.

He made an emergency loan switch to Worcester Warriors in April, making his debut against Harlequins in the Guinness Premiership.

"The signing of Ross Davies is a significant one for the Ospreys, increasing our strength in depth at tight-head and ensuring we have adequate coverage in the position," said Andrew Hore, the Ospreys elite performance director.

"With Craig Mitchell's recent elevation to the Wales squad and Cai Griffiths' excellent performances towards the end of the season, not to mention the considerable presence of Adam Jones, we will have real competition for this position next season."

The Ospreys have also announced the appointment of two new Academy coaches.

Gary Clement has taken up the post of Under-16 backs coach, with Ioan Cunningham the new forwards coach with the Under-18 squad.

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