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RUGBY UNION: O'Shea signing is a boost for Cov hopes.

SOUTH African-born centre Tim O'Shea will sign for Coventry tonight before his first training session with his new clubmates at Coundon Road.

The 24-year-old, who has been training pre-season with Ulster, played for Cov in last Thursday's game against Leinster within minutes of flying in from Ireland.

"We thought he did very well considering he had been travelling all day from where he was staying and then stepped straight on to the pitch," said Cov's chief executive Ian Carvell.

"Anything that wasn't right in his performance we felt was down to the fact that he hadn't played with the rest of the lads before and didn't know the way we play the game.

"We've talked to the coaches and watched the video, and it's evident that he is a very good player and as a big, strong, fast lad is what we've been looking for.

"We've agreed terms, he's gone back to Belfast to pack his bags, and he'll be back here on Tuesday afternoon in time to train."

O'Shea has won two South African caps at rugby league and played union as a professional for the Griquas.

COVENTRY are to undertake their first major overseas end-of-season tour in over a decade.

A week-long tour to Toronto next June, playing two games, is in the planning stage and the players will be organising a number of fund-raising ventures over the season.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 2, 2003
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