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Ospreys confirm swoop for Collins
Leicester skipper Martin Corry will bring the curtain down on his career at the Guinness Premiership Final
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- The Ospreys have confirmed a swoop for New Zealand backrow star Jerry Collins.
Collins, capped 48 times by the All Blacks, will move to the Magners League outfit from French club Toulon after agreeing a two-year contract. The 28-year-old has struggled to make an impact in France, but his pedigree is unquestioned, and he will join an Ospreys squad that already boasts international backrow players such as his fellow New Zealander Marty Holah and Wales captain Ryan Jones.
Ospreys elite performance director Andrew Hore said, "Jerry Collins is a proven world-class performer who brings with him both a real hard edge and 'go-forward' ability, as well as an uncompromising attitude on and off the field.
"He will complement the other loose forwards that we have at the Ospreys, and importantly, will be available for selection throughout the season, providing valuable cover for the times when we lose so many players to the Wales side."
- Leicester Tigers' Martin Corry has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the current season.
"The hardest decision a player ever has to make is when it is time to all it a day," said the former England skipper. "I have enjoyed many fantastic moments in my career at club and international level, and if it was down to heart and mind I would love to continue playing.
"But unfortunately I have taken specialist medical advice and my body has said that is it. I have been able to play the game I love as a professional for a long time and I have some great memories."
The 35-year-old has won every major honour with club and country. After spells with Newcastle and Bristol, he joined Leicester Tigers in 1997 and has since won five Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups and an Anglo-Welsh Cup, captaining the club to the first league and cup double of the professional era in 2006-07.
He won 64 caps for England, including three Rugby World Cup campaigns and two seasons as captain, and played in seven Tests for the British & Irish Lions.
- The Asian Five Nations continued on Saturday with both games going down to the wire. South Korea narrowly escaped a second consecutive loss to Hong Kong with a 36-34 win while Kazakhstan held on for a 22-19 victory over Singapore despite being reduced to 13-men in the closing stages.