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Ospreys just delighted to capture Kiwi Nutbrown.

OSPREYS new boy, Kiwi scrum-half Jamie Nutbrown, arrived in Wales over the weekend after signing a two-year deal with the Liberty Stadium outfit.

The New Zealand A and Waikato Chiefs half-back completed his move after the Ospreys paid an undisclosed fee to release him from the final year of his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Football Union.

Nutbrown, who was part of the Canterbury Crusaders Super 12 squad which lifted the title in 2005, is due to meet up with his new team-mates at the Ospreys' Llandarcy HQ today.

Andrew Hore, the Ospreys' elite performance director, didn't hide his delight that he had finally got his man.

"The esteem in which Jamie is held in his home country is clear in the way that the NZRU were so keen to keep hold of him," said Hore.

"We've worked long and hard over the last month or so to negotiate an early release from his existing contract as we believe he will be a real asset to the Ospreys over the next two seasons, and hopefully beyond that, and we are delighted that our patience and hard work has been rewarded."

Meanwhile, Dragons skipper Tom Willis has urged the Gwent region to bounce back after losing their opening match of a Magners League campaign for the first time in four years.

The New Zealander admitted their 12-6 defeat by Glasgow Warriors at Newport's Rodney Parade on Friday night was a setback. And the former All Blacks hooker vowed they would improve for Wednesday night's home clash with the Scarlets.

"There's another big game in just a few days and we have to bounce back," he said.

"We failed to play to the conditions and we lost the ping-pong kicking battle," rued Willis.

"The game was very challenging after so much rain, but it was disappointing."

Dragons coach Paul Turner agreed, saying: "We have got to learn because our kicking game wasn't good enough and we panicked.

"We have come up short on a lot of issues and we put down a few chances when there were tries begging for us.

"We weren't patient enough and a couple of tries went begging."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 8, 2008
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