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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Ospreys recruit Byrne and Selley
Lee Byrne has established himself as an international full-back
Lee Byrne has established himself as an international full-back
Ospreys have signed Wales full-back Lee Byrne and utility back Tal Selley from Welsh rivals Llanelli Scarlets on three-year contracts.

Byrne, 25, made himself a fixture in Wales' Six Nations squad this year with a string of impressive performances.

The 6ft 2in full-back has won eight caps, while Selley, 26, plays at wing or centre and has one Wales cap.

Ospreys coach Lyn Jones said: "Lee has developed this season into a fully fledged international calibre player."

The arrival of the pair to the region is another sign of the Ospreys' intent, after former New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall and Neath fly-half tyro James Hook were both added to the squad last week.

It is something of a homecoming for both players as Byrne hails from Bridgend, although he has played his senior rugby at Stradey Park, while Selley is an alumnus of Swansea University.

Lee is a full-back of some considerable stature
Ospreys coach Lyn Jones

"We are delighted that Lee has chosen to get on board with the Ospreys," Jones added.

"We have signed another top-quality international who originally hails from within the Ospreys region.

"He played a prominent role in the Six Nations with Wales and is a full-back of some considerable stature who will fit in well at the region."

Although Selley has struggled to hold down a starting place with the Scarlets this season, Ospreys manager Derwyn Jones is sure there is better to come.

"Tal is a player who hasn't figured regularly for the Scarlets this season but I am confident that we will see the best of him over the next few years," he said.

"He is a quality rugby player who has genuine pace and we are all looking forward to seeing him line up within what is already an exciting Ospreys back line."


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