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HT: Dragons 0-7 Ospreys

Newport Gwent Dragons are hosting Ospreys at a very muddy Rodney Parade in today's second Welsh derby.

The game was in doubt due to the condition of the pitch, but after three pitch inspections, it was deemed fit for play.

Jason Tipuric broke out to make it over the line to get the Ospreys their first try of the game, with the extra two points provided by a Dan Biggar conversion. Ospreys's Tom Habberfield was sent to the sin bin for tackling without arms, but it made no difference to the score.

Half time: Dragons 0-7 Ospreys.


Rhodri Jones to join the Ospreys

Rhodri Jones is tackled by Australia's Ben McCalman Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Scarlets tighthead prop Rhodri Jones will leave the region at the end of the season to join the Ospreys.

24-year-old Jones, from Machynlleth, made his Scarlets debut as a replacement in the Heineken Cup match against Leicester Tigers in October 2010.

He went on to make 16 appearances in his first season with the region. He made his 100th regional appearance in Friday evening’s victory over Edinburgh Rugby.

His Wales debut came in June 2012, against the Barbarians, at the Millennium Stadium.

It was an honour to have played my 100th game for the Scarlets last weekend and I will give my all to the region as we challenge for a PRO12 play-off position from now until the end of the season.

I’ve enjoyed my time at the Scarlets and would like to thank everyone for their help and support during my time here.

– Rhodri Jones


Ospreys defeat Zebre 39-22 in Pro 12

The Ospreys have finished with a comfortable win over hosts Zebre in the Pro 12.

Justin Tipuric playing for the Ospreys back in 2012 Credit: EMPICS Sport

Two tries from Justin Tipuric helped their case, along with others from Jeff Hassler, Eli Walker and Jonathan Spratt.

The final score was Zebre 22, Ospreys 39.

Ospreys players both sign national dual contracts

Scott Baldwin and James King. Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh rugby have signed two new players on national dual contracts, Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin and back-rower James King.

27-year-old Scott Baldwin made his international debut two years ago and has won 15 caps in his career, as well as starting as hooker in Wales’ recent 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

James King, 25, also featured in the recent World Cup, winning the latest of his seven caps against Uruguay in the pool stages of the tournament.

It’s excellent news, not only for the Ospreys but for Welsh rugby, that two key players who have been heavily involved with the region and the national squad have signed up to a future in Wales. Both James and Scott have the qualities and characteristics that we want from our players at the region and we are delighted that their talents are now being recognised on a wider stage.

– Andrew Millward, Ospreys Rugby General Manager

Scott Baldwin has signed a four year deal and James King has signed for three years.

Welsh rugby now have 14 players on national dual contracts.

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