Samoa skipper Filipo Levi will make his full Ospreys debut in next Sunday's Magners League game against Connacht at the Liberty Stadium (KO 2.15pm), after arriving in the UK from Japan over the weekend.
He met up with his new teammates at the Ospreys Llandarcy HQ on Monday afternoon, before enjoying a first run-out in the development match against Newport Gwent Dragons the same evening. Now, he says that he can't wait to play at the Liberty Stadium, when the Ospreys will be looking to maintain their title challenge with a win against their Irish rivals. Levi commented:
"I'm really excited about joining up with the Ospreys and being part of a squad that is packed with quality players. The Ospreys have been successful over the last few years, winning Magners League titles and the EDF Cup against Leicester, and I'm well aware that I'm arriving at a time when we are still heavily in contention on three fronts, so I'm looking forward to the challenge of bringing more success to the region. I've only just arrived here but I've picked up on a fantastic buzz about the place already and I'm really looking forward to running out at the Liberty Stadium for my debut on Sunday."
Levi arrives in Ospreylia after spending two seasons playing in Japan for Ricoh Black Rams and is looking forward to participating in the elite club competitions in european rugby. He said"When I went to Japan I experienced a totally different kind of rugby to New Zealand, it was a much faster game, but I am a better player for the experience. I would expect to be involved in far more physical style of rugby in the northern hemisphere, but I'm looking forward to it, and will hopefully develop new skills during my time here.
And joining up with thr EDF Energy Cup holders is perfect for Levi, who says "What the team has achieved in just five or six years is incredible, and I know that the people involved want to build on that and I'm just pleased to be a part of it.
"There's a good feel about the place, and hopefully, I'll fit in and just help to keep the Ospreys moving forward. I know what I can bring to the team, I'm experienced and I can offer a physical dimension, particularly in the set-piece area, but I also want to learn from my time here and to improve as a player while I'm involved with the Ospreys."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.