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Dragons wing Richard Fussell to join Ospreys in summer

Wing Richard Fussell has been in good form for the Dragons
Wing Richard Fussell has been in good form for the Dragons

Dragons wing Richard Fussell will join rival Welsh region the Ospreys in the summer after his contract expires.

The 25-year old has agreed a two-year deal that will keep him at the Ospreys until the end of the 2011-12 season.

Fussell joined the Dragons from Pontypridd in 2005 and has scored 23 tries from 78 appearances.

"I'm excited about the prospect of moving to the Ospreys. I've made the decision purely on the basis of where I feel I can develop my game," he said.

"They have excellent facilities and a track record in developing players, so I see it as a real opportunity for me to kick on another level in my game.

"If you look at the number of players that the Ospreys bring through for Wales then it is clear that they are doing something right and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."


Current Ospreys wings Shane Williams, Kristian Phillips and Tom Prydie are all in this season's Wales squad for the RBS Six Nations, while Tommy Bowe is with Ireland and Nikki Walker with Scotland.

"It's going to be a real challenge... to go into that environment and try and make an impact. I realise that they have real strength in the wing position," Fussell added.

"In Shane Williams and Tommy Bowe I'd say that they've probably got two of the best wingers in the world, and there is also Nikki Walker and some really talented youngsters coming through.

"So being around players of that quality and working with them day in, day out, and testing myself in training against them can only be a positive thing.

"Hopefully it will allow me to improve my own game to the level where maybe I can get closer to international rugby."

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