Tipuric re-signs until 2020

Date published: November 8 2016

Ospreys have announced that Justin Tipuric has signed a new long-term deal, committing himself to his home region until the summer of 2020.

The 27-year-old flanker had 18 months to run on his deal but the Ospreys have moved swiftly to secure his future for a further two years.

The British and Irish Lion made his Ospreys debut seven years ago last Saturday and has since gone on to play 128 times for the region.

The news comes as a further boost to the Ospreys, coming just 10 days after fellow back-rower, Dan Lydiate, also recommitted to the side.

"It's a good place to be at. It was an easy decision," Tipuric told the Ospreys website.

"We are going in the right direction and I'm happy to sign for the team I support.

"The group of players we've got now helps, obviously family comes into it, and you want to win things. I've won one league with the Ospreys and I want to win more, which I think we can do.

"There have been some ups and downs over the last few seasons but we've learned from them and are in a much better place. With some experienced players added to the squad, key players re-signing and plenty of young talent coming through it's an exciting time for the Ospreys."

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy added: "Justin is an unbelievable talent and a fantastic Osprey, so it is excellent news for us that he sees his long-term future here. Not only does he have phenomenal talent, he has a work ethic to match, which is the secret of why has become one of the best sevens around.

"When you look at him in our environment, head down and working hard, you realise what a great role model he is, whether that be working hard with the youngsters to help them improve, or leading by example striving for excellence in his own game, he is relentless.

"For a player of his calibre to re-sign, it's great for us."