Wales prop Adam Jones has explained his move to the Cardiff Blues in an open letter to Ospreys fans.
Ryan Jones will leave the Ospreys at the end of the season and join English Championship side Bristol
The Wales second row has spoken for the first time about his decision to buck the trend of Wales internationals leaving the domestic game.
Adam Jones says his move to Cardiff Blues is about "a new challenge".
– Adam Jones
At this stage in my career I want a new environment and to really push myself.
I've been really impressed by the set-up at Blues and the desire to achieve in the coming years under the leadership of Mark Hammett. It is that ambition and potential for the future that excites me about this move.
Obviously I would like to thank everyone at the Ospreys - from the players and coaches to the wonderful supporters - who have been absolutely fantastic with me. I wish the region every success for the future.
Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of veteran Wales prop Adam Jones from rival region the Ospreys.
Jones, 33, has made 95 appearances for Wales and toured twice with the British & Irish Lions.
Two tries from Jeff Hassler were not enough for the Ospreys as they were beaten 31-25 in Edinburgh.
The visitors had an early lead after the first of Hassler's tries.
But the home side responded, as Grayson Hart crossed the line twice, with Sam Beard also adding five points to Edinburgh's tally.
The Ospreys almost managed a remarkable second half comeback, after Hassler's second try put them within three points.
The Welsh side did manage a losing bonus point however towards their push for a play-off place.
The Ospreys ran in 11 tries to thrash Treviso 75-7 in the PRO12 this afternoon.
The Welsh side were only 21-0 up at half-time, thanks to three tries, but ran in eight more in the second period, to punish the under-strength Italians.
Jonathan Spratt and Sam Davies got two tries each, while Ashley Beck, Rhys Webb, Aisea Natoga, Jeff Hassler, Dan Baker, Hanno Dirksen and Ryan Jones also touched down.
Andy Lloyd, Rugby Operations Manager at the Ospreys, says Dan Evans' signing is 'great news for the region'.
– Andy Lloyd
We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of a talented Welsh player who has been in eye-catching form over the last two seasons.
Dan is someone who has always displayed real talent but the last couple of years, with a consistent run of games, have really seen him flourish and he is performing week in, week out at a high level. He's got a great left foot which everybody can see, but also, his physical attributes and his understanding and decision making at the back are particular assets.
Wales international Dan Evans has signed a three year contract with the Ospreys and will complete his move at the end of the season.
25-year-old Evans, who won two international caps in 2009, has scored 11 tries in his 42 appearances for the Rodney Parade outfit.
– Dan Evans
This is a great opportunity for me...there is some real world-class talent in the squad so it’s a big challenge for me personally, but I can’t wait to get involved and fight for my place. I want to be a part of a successful Ospreys team.
Ospreys have announced their delight at Alun Wyn Jones's decision to sign a new contract, keeping him with the Pro 12 club until after the next Rugby World Cup.
After making his debut in 2005, the lock has made 159 appearances for the club and has become a mainstay in the Welsh national side.
“Alun Wyn has been, and continues to be, a fantastic servant to this region and is a true role model to those around him. A natural leader, he demands the highest standards of himself and everybody in this environment, and it will be a better place with him around in the coming seasons.
“Given the uncertainty that still surrounds the game in Wales in general, we’ve given Alun Wyn reassurances regarding his future options, but it is fantastic news that he is staying at the Liberty Stadium.” - Andy Lloyd, Rugby Operations Manager at the Ospreys.