Coach Steve Tandy signs new Ospreys contract

Steve Tandy

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy has signed a new four-year contract.

The Welsh region has also rewarded backs coach Gruff Rees with a fresh two-year deal.

Tandy was appointed 15 months ago, replacing Sean Holley, and led the Ospreys to last season's RaboDirect Pro12 title.

"Steve and Gruff are two of the brightest, most exciting young coaches around," said Ospreys chief operations officer Andrew Hore.

"They have already developed excellent reputations as innovative, forward-thinkers and have both worked extremely hard to help put foundations in place over the last 15 months to help ensure a sustainable, long-term future for the region."

The news is a welcome boost to Tandy as he prepares his team for Friday night's final-round league clash with Leinster in Dublin, where the Ospreys need to win to have any chance of making the play-offs and keep their title defence alive.

Tandy said: "We've got a great base to work from, with an experienced core of real quality international players and British Lions, and some outstanding young talent that has come to the fore over the course of this season.

"With another year of experience under their belts, the potential of this group for next season and beyond is exciting."

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