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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
Ospreys sign All Black back-rower
The Ospreys have confirmed the signing of ex-New Zealand and Wellington Hurricanes number eight Filo Tiatia.

The 34-year-old, who has been playing for Japanese side Toyota Verblitz for the past four years, has arrived on a two-year deal at the west Wales region.

Tiatia, who stands at 6ft 5in and weighs 120kg, won two All Black caps in 2000, against Tonga and Italy.

"Filo has a fearsome reputation and is a renowned big tackler," said Ospreys manager Derwyn Jones.

I have spent the last four years playing and training hard in Japan and I feel fit and raring to go

Filo Tiatia

"He will bring a huge physical edge to our game that we have at times lacked somewhat with the injuries to Ryan Jones and Andy Lloyd."

Wellington-born Tiata said: "I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in the UK.

"I have spent the last four years playing and training hard in Japan and I feel fit and raring to go.

"I have recently spent some time with the Ospreys and I am looking forward to making a big contribution next season."

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