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Jones confirms Bristol switch

24th March 2014 14:43

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Move confirmed: Ryan Jones

Ospreys and former Wales skipper Ryan Jones has confirmed he will leave the region at the end of the season to join Bristol.

Strong rumours that the veteran, who can play second or back-row, would head for the West Country circulated earlier this year.

But on Monday, the Ospreys confirmed the 33-year-old will link up with new boss Andy Robinson come the end of the season, penning a two-year deal.

"This has definitely been the toughest decision I've ever had to make, but it's one that I'm making for my family," said Jones.

"I've had a fantastic 10 years with the Ospreys and will leave with so many good memories to treasure. I'm immensely proud of everything we've achieved as a group, with five trophies to look back on, and that success has enabled me to enjoy significant success at international level as well. It's truly been a fantastic journey.

"I've got so many good friends here, and I'm extremely grateful to all the team-mates, coaches, management and directors at the Ospreys for their backing over the last 10 years. Most importantly of all, I'd like to say a very big thank you to the magnificent supporters at the Liberty Stadium who have always been fantastic to me."

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