7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Ospreys' Rugby Manager, Derwyn Jones, explains, "We've worked hard to create an environment which has helped Gavin to thrive as a player and his recent performances are proof of that. He's an integral part of an extremely talented side that will be challenging for Europe's top honours next season."
"The Ospreys will continue to focus on our development structure and playing academy, ensuring that we continue to nurture more players like Gavin for the future," he adds.
As The Ospreys' joint-MD, Roger Blyth, points out, the move is also a great boost for the new Welsh regional rugby system, "It's imperative that Wales keeps its top players in the country if it is to challenge for the top international and club honours. This is a great endorsement for regional rugby and The Ospreys in particular."
Fellow joint-MD, Mike Cuddy, adds, "We are acutely aware that lifting our own performance means lifting the Welsh side too and we take this responsibility very seriously. The Ospreys are continuing to develop, in every sense, and each month our structures are getting stronger and our level of play is intensifying. The next year will be a critical period of consolidation for us, in terms of our squad, our ground and our commercial mechanisms. We're delighted to be travelling in the right direction and delighted to have Gavin on-board."