Ospreys sign Canadian flanker Chauncey O'Toole

Chauncey O’Toole
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Neath-Swansea Ospreys sign Canada's Chauncey O’Toole on a one-year deal.

Neath-Swansea Ospreys have signed Canada international Chauncey O’Toole to a one-season deal.

The back-rower, capped 11 times for Canada, will join the Ospreys after the 2011 Rugby World Cup for one year, with the option to extend.

The former ice hockey player, 25, is versatile in the back row, having played at openside, blindside and number eight.

“I am really excited about joining the Ospreys, a team recognised as being one of the best in world rugby at developing players”, O’Toole said.

“I'm very grateful to have been given the opportunity by the region and can't wait to join up with the squad after the Rugby World Cup.”

O'Toole has scored three tries for Canada and has also represented his country in the IRB Sevens World Series.

He was named Man of the Series by Sky Sports at this year's Churchill Cup.

Ospreys director of coaching Scott Johnson said: “To be able to secure Chauncey's services is a real boost for us ahead of the new season.

“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.”