Scott Baldwin and James King agree dual contracts with Wales and Ospreys
ESPN Staff
November 5, 2015
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Wales and Ospreys forwards Scott Baldwin and James King have become the latest players to sign National Dual Contracts.

Hooker Baldwin was his country's first choice No.2 during the Rugby World Cup, starting every game as Warren Gatland's side made the quarterfinals.

King was also a member of Wales' 31-man tournament squad but the flanker found his game time limited to the opening win over Uruguay.

The pair join Wales captain Sam Warburton, Gareth Anscombe, Rhys Webb, Dan Lydiate, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar, Scott Williams, Jake Ball, Samson Lee, Rhodri Jones, Tyler Morgan, Hallam Amos in signing dual contracts.

Wales head coach Gatland said: "Both players have been an important part of our Rugby World Cup squad and as young men entering the prime years of their playing careers, they will be an important part of the future of the Wales team."

As NDC players, Wales have control over the amount of games the pair will play for the Ospreys, with those on dual contracts restricted to 16 regional games a season.

"I'm really happy to have been able to sign an NDC after the World Cup," Baldwin said.

"It has given me the opportunity to know where I'm at for the next three or four years with regards to staying in Wales and allows me to focus on doing all I can for the Ospreys and for Wales, if selected, over the coming seasons, which is what NDCs are all about."

King added: "Hopefully I can now build on what I've achieved with region and country so far, knowing that I'm in the best place possible to further my career."

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