Wales and the Ospreys have received a huge boost with star second-row Alun Wyn Jones signing a new National Dual Contract.
The deal -- joint funded by the region and the Welsh Rugby Union -- sees Jones commit his long-term future to the Ospreys and to the WRU and ends any interest from abroad in his services. With 94 caps to his name for Wales, Jones is regarded as one of the top second-rows in the world and the WRU'S CEO Martyn Phillips is delighted with the news.
"Huge credit must go to the Ospreys for securing Alun Wyn for the next chapter of his career with Region," he said. "I'm convinced that their strong purpose, vision and ambition for the region motivated Alun Wyn to stay rather than pursue other options that he may have had.
"In my mind he is right up there as a leader, on and off the pitch, in the game globally and it's a significant boost to us all in Welsh rugby to see his commitment to the game in this country."
Jones added: "I'm very happy to be in a position to sign an NDC to continue playing in Wales for the Ospreys. I'm grateful to everybody involved for giving me the time to make the correct decision for myself, my family and my career.
"With my future now sorted I can continue to represent the Ospreys, my home region, and put myself in contention for selection for Wales."