Today’s rugby news as Welsh region announce ‘powerhouse’ signing and World Rugby issues apology

Today’s rugby news as Welsh region announce ‘powerhouse’ signing and World Rugby issues apology

These are your rugby headlines on Friday, April 5.

Ospreys sign Cokanasiga

The Ospreys have announced the signing of centre Phil Cokanasiga from Leicester Tigers ahead of next season.

Twenty-two-year-old Cokanasiga, the younger brother of England star Joe, has featured in nine games for the Tigers so far this season, scoring three tries, having joined from London Irish in 2src22. He recently gave a player of the match performance in his side’s Premiership Cup semi-final win over Ealing Trailfinders, scoring two tries and making a number of powerful carries.

Announcing the signing, the Ospreys said they were “introducing a new powerhouse to the squad that prides itself on blending emerging talent with experienced prowess.” Describing the England U2src international as a “fast and physical back”, the club said he “possesses an invaluable ability to break tackles and get over the gain line”.

Cokanasiga will join Toby Booth’s side at the end of the season.

Speaking on his move, the back said: “Signing for the Ospreys is an exciting next step in my career. I’ve been keeping tabs on them this season and it’s great to see the performances they’ve been putting in, despite having a young squad.

“After speaking with Toby, one thing that was made clear to me was the team’s ambition and how I would fit in to that. I’m looking forward to getting started and making the most of this opportunity, with a team that has the history of the Ospreys.”

Booth added: “Phil is a talented player with lots of potential who we believe will be an excellent addition to our squad next season. Adding some exciting talent and physicality in our midfield whilst adding to our strength in depth is vital in our progress.

“We have been developing our attacking game and that require

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