Ospreys snap up Canadian flanker

07th Aug 2011, 12:50

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Ospreys import: Chauncey O'Toole

Ospreys import: Chauncey O'Toole

The Ospreys have signed Canadian flanker Chauncey O'Toole on a one-season contract starting after the World Cup.

The Ospreys have signed Canadian flanker Chauncey O'Toole on a one-season contract starting after the World Cup.

25-year old O'Toole, capped 11 times by the Canucks, has put pen to paper on a contract that runs until the end of the season, with an option to extend.

An openside flanker who can also play at blindside or number eight, O'Toole stood out at this year's Churchill Cup, where he was named Man of the Series.

He has previous experience of life in Wales, after spending time as part of the RGC 1404 set-up in 2010, an experience that also led to him enjoying a short spell with Glasgow during the same year.

Capped 11 times since making his debut in a 25-6 defeat to Ireland in Vancouver just over two years ago, O'Toole has scored three tries for his country and has also represented Canada in the IRB Sevens World Series. Currently involved in Canada's preparations for the Rugby World Cup.

"Chauncey is a player who has developed a reputation as an exciting player capable of competing against world class players and we are delighted to be able to add him to our squad for the coming season, especially given the interest in him from teams in both the Aviva Premiership and the PRO12," said Ospreys CEO Andrew Hore.

"To be able to secure Chauncey's services is a real boost for us ahead of the new season," added Director of Coaching Scott Johnson.

"As an openside, he will provide real competition for Justin Tipuric and his flexibility and ability to play right across the back row provides another option. The sheer number of games in the season and the type of game we intend utilising means that it's going to be important to keep our loose forwards fresh so Chauncey will get plenty of game time.

"We've placed a real importance on the character of the individual in our recruitment this summer, and Chauncey is no different. Having spent time with him in Canada recently and got to know him, I can see that he will bring to the region the right desire, commitment and grit that we want our players to have as we move forward on and off the field."