Sam Parry To Stay At Ospreys For Season No.10

The shake-up at the four Welsh regions ahead of next season continued at the weekend with some comings, goings and staying.

The status quo is at the Ospreys where Wales hooker Sam Parry has signed up for a 10th season.

The 31-year-old front-rower, who won five caps under former Wales coach Wayne Pivac, was the club’s top try-scorer last season with seven and has crossed 33 times in his 138 appearances to date for the region.

“I’m thrilled to be staying with the Ospreys and continuing my rugby journey with the region. It’s an exciting time to be part of the squad, with some top youngsters coming through alongside some seasoned vets,” said Parry.

“We’ve got a great group of players and coaches here, and I look forward to working hard with them to achieve our goals in the upcoming season.”

Parry will challenge Wales World Cup hopeful Dewi Lake for the starting berth next season. The Ospreys also have another Welsh international hooker on their books in Scott Baldwin, but lost a fourth Test star in Tonga’s Elvis Taione at the end of last season when he retired.

But Liam Williams is reported to be leaving Cardiff one season into his two-year deal with the Arms Park region.

The Welsh international full-back is understood to have signed a deal to join a Japanese side after the World Cup. No names have been confirmed, but the expectation is that Williams will join the Japanese champions, the Kubota Spears.

Reports have also suggested that because of his injury history the 32-year-old will need to pass a medical after the World Cup in order to take his place with his new club.

The Spears bid former All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty farewell in the final of this season’s Japanese league season which frees up a spot for an international player in their ranks.

Williams’ departure would come off the back of Josh Navidi’s retirement at Cardiff , while Dillon Lewis and Jarrod Evans are both joining English Premiership outfit Harlequins.

Rhys Priestland, Rey Lee-Lo and Willis Halaholo have all said they are moving on, James Ratti is rejoining the Ospreys, Lloyd Williams has moved to Ealing Trailfinders, and Max Llewellyn has signed for Gloucester.

Patchell could be in line for a move to the Dragons, who have also been linked with a move for Leigh Halfpenny, who has left the Scarlets.

But Dragons coach Dai Flanagan has suggested if Halfpenny does move to Rodney Parade, it is likely to be as a kicking coach, while the veteran full-back continues his playing career elsewhere.

Flanagan told the South Wales Argus: “I’ve got a really good relationship with Leigh and he has lots more left in the tank.

“But I am sure he has more in terms of ambition than just being someone’s kicking coach.”