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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 April, 2005, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Wales centre Davies joins Ospreys
Leigh Davies
Full name: Leigh Barry Davies
DoB: 20.02.76
Birthplace: Neath
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 15st 7lbs (99kgs)
Previous clubs: Neath, Cardiff, Bristol, Llanelli, Scarlets
Test debut: 16 January, 1996 (v Italy)
International record: 21 caps; 20 pts - (4T)
Leigh Davies has signed a two-year deal with the Neath-Swansea Ospreys after returning from a year out travelling.

The 29-year-old, who has won 21 caps as a centre for Wales, left the Scarlets at the end of last season and spurned the chance to rejoin the region.

"Strength in depth is important to build on the success of this year," said Ospreys manager Derwyn Jones.

"Leigh has had some time away from the game, and has returned mentally and physically refreshed."

The Ospreys have chosen to stir the traditional rivalry with west Wales rivals the Scarlets, claiming in a media release that he chose to turn the Llanelli side down "in favour of joining Wales' premier regional rugby side".

Jones added: "While Leigh has been away he has been monitored and working to a conditioning programme we agreed with him before he left.

"We look forward to him joining us for pre-season training, as Leigh is in better shape than he has been for many years.

"It is great that another local player has decided to join the Ospreys at what is an exciting time for the region.

"He will bring quality and experience to our young squad."

Davies started his first-class career in west Glamorgan with Neath RFC, his hometown club.



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