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Ospreys expect to keep hold of Wales pair

23rd April 2019, 18:02 by Gareth Freeman

Ospreys are confident of keeping hold of Wales internationals Nicky Smith and Alun Wyn Jones beyond the end of the season.

Wales captain Jones' dual contract deal expires after the World Cup later this year, but Ospreys coach Allen Clarke is convinced he will stick with the club.

He told the BBC: "I am hopeful, in fact I can't see him not being an Osprey. He is a fantastic individual and an inspiration to the squad."

Prop Smith is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with Sale, although a move to the Premiership would make him ineligible for Wales as any player must have been capped at least 60 times to still be available for selection if not playing for a Welsh region and he has 23 caps so far.

Cardiff Blues have confirmed they would be keen to sign Smith, but Clarke feels he won't depart the Swansea club.

He said: "I know certain clubs have spoken about him (publicly) and we have chosen not to regarding his signing.

"I'm assured from him, our management team and our board that he will be with us the next season and the following season."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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