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Ospreys announce new link-up with Swansea University

THE Ospreys and Swansea University have today finalised an agreement that will see the university become part of the region’s ground breaking development structure

The new link up will see “Ospreys rugby scholarships” being made  available at the seafront university.

The new relationship, which dovetails an existing commercial and research partnership between the two organisations, will mean the Ospreys will help support the already successful rugby structure at the university “by engaging sporting scholars with rugby experts”.

Players from the University will benefit from nutritional testing and advice, sports psychology, lifestyle planning and strength and conditioning testing as well as coaching. Swansea University Ospreys rugby scholarships will also be made available for potential students wishing to pursue a dual career path.

The 1st XV University team will continue to be led by existing Ospreys Under- 20s Head Coach Richard Lancaster and he will be assisted by Dan Griffiths, Elite Youth Performance Manager at the Ospreys, who has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the region’s development pathway.

There will also be workshops through the season with Osprey senior coaches and players and training sessions with the senior team. As part of the extended relationship, Swansea University’s logo will, for the first time, appear on the Ospreys jersey this season.

Richard Lancaster, Swansea University’s Head of Rugby said: “Some players develop a little later in their careers and it’s important there are still opportunities for such people to prove their ability and that they are confident that the door is not shut to them.”

Ospreys Chief Executive, Andrew Hore, added: “Our extended development pathway sees us investing considerable financial and physical resources to not only unearth the next generation of Ospreys, but to also create better, well rounded people off the field.

“This tie-up with the University’s rugby programme fits perfectly within the ethos of development from within.

“It’s important to remember that players currently within our regional set-up, such as British and Irish Lions Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones, and current Swansea University student Sam Lewis, did not come through the traditional age-grade structure and were spotted as they developed later than some of their peers.

“By having this association with the University we are providing another avenue for those players who may not have caught our attention at the younger age, while for their part the University gets access to our cutting edge rugby knowledge and expertise – something which will benefits all students involved within their rugby structure.”

“We hope this extended partnership will signal a new sense of ownership and a feeling of being part of the Ospreys family for all Swansea University’s 15,000 plus students.”

Swansea University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Noel Thompson said: “The relationship with the Ospreys is flourishing and both organisations are seeing real benefits from the collaboration.

“The establishment of this extended pathway is another step forward, building on the introduction of ticket incentives for our student population, research collaboration with our outstanding Sports Science Department and, of course, the University’s sponsorship of the Ospreys’ jersey.”

Swansea University has a proud rugby history and has helped shaped the career of many Welsh internationals in its 93-year history.

Many Welsh  stars including Robert Howley, Dafydd James, Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel and Paul Thorburn studied at the University.

More recently a raft of players such as Alun-Wyn Jones, Richie Pugh, Huw Bennett, Ben Lewis, Jonathan Spratt, Sam Lewis and Nicky Thomas have all worn the University’s green and white jersey before establishing a name for themselves with the Ospreys.

The University side plays in the British University Premier League each Wednesday and in the annual Welsh Varsity Match with Cardiff University.

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