Ashely Beck will be spending his future at the Liberty Stadium
Welsh international centre, Ashley Beck, has signed a new two-year contract with the Ospreys.
A product of the region's player development pathway, 23-year old Beck was born and bred in Ospreylia and enjoyed his early rugby with Skewen and then Tonmawr. Having played for the Ospreys at regional age-grade level, Beck also gained considerable experience with Aberavon in the Principality Premiership on his way to establishing himself with his home region.
His Ospreys debut came in November 2007 when he was a second half replacement against Leinster at the Liberty Stadium aged just 17 years and 222 days, becoming the youngest ever player in the Celtic League in the process. To date he has made 82 regional appearances, scoring 15 tries, including one in the PRO12 Final win in Dublin in 2012.
Capped by Wales at all age-grade levels, he made his senior debut on the summer 2012 tour of Australia, playing in all three tests and and starting in the second and third. He has worn the Welsh shirt on seven occasions and has scored two tries, gaining a call-up to the Six Nations squad this week.
The new contract runs until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Speaking after signing the new deal, Beck said: "Signing a new contract with the Ospreys is all I wanted. This is my home region and it's the only place I want to play my rugby. As a youngster, playing for the Ospreys was my goal and I've achieved that. Now I've established myself here I want to help the region kick-on and grow, and I want to play my part in helping the team develop.
"I suppose I've been around long enough to be considered one of the older heads now, despite only being 23. We are a young team, especially in the backs, but we've got an exciting mix with a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to being part of this group as it grows over the next two years.
"This is a great place to be and I'm really happy that my future is all sorted, allowing me to concentrate on my rugby."
Andy Lloyd, Rugby Operations Manager, commented: "This is great news for everybody involved with the Ospreys. As a young, homegrown player who has come all the way through the ranks at the region, from his community club through to the Ospreys first team, he is a shining example of the work being done day in, day out, at Llandarcy to develop a sustainable future"
The news that Beck has put pen-to-paper to extend his time with the Ospreys come shortly after confirmation that Welsh internationals Dan Evans and Sam Parry will join the region next season, along with exciting Fijian cap Josh Matavesi.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The youngest member of the Wales Women's squad, Keira Bevan, is hoping to repay the faith shown in her when she starts her first Six Nations game against Italy tomorrow evening in the final round of the championship.
Sevens head coach Gareth Williams is a happy man after drafting in full internationals Rhodri Williams and Adam Warren for the next two rounds of the world series in Hong Kong and Japan, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.