Sam Cross

Cross extends his stay with the Ospreys

Ospreys can announce backrower Sam Cross has agreed a new contract to stay at the Liberty Stadium.

Cross, 28, who can play across the backrow, has signed a new two-year deal with the regional rugby franchise.

He was part of the Team GB Sevens side in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and returned home with a silver medal.

Cross has played more than 100 games for the Wales Sevens team and made his senior Wales debut against Australia in 2017.

He joined the region in 2017 and has made 58 appearances and has scored five tries for the Ospreys.

Sam Cross, Wales and Ospreys backrower, said:

“I am excited to extend my stay at the Ospreys, with what we are building on and off the field and I just wanted to be a part of it. I was really happy the coaches offered me a new contract and I was really happy to accept it.

“What we are creating off the field and have started to deliver on it, with the performances and results this season, is something you want to be a part of.

"There is a real camaraderie between the boys and the new coaching group and it’s just an exciting time to be an Osprey.

“The future looks good, with Champions Cup rugby next season, and with a special win out in Dublin over a formidable Leinster team. That performance really epitomized where we are as a group at the moment.

“We have a real will to fight for each other and to put it all out on the field for the club, that performance summed up what it is to be an Osprey.

“We have some great players here and there is really healthy competition for places, with some really talented young players coming through too. The more competition, the more it pushes all the boys on the field, and that is only healthy.

“Toby and Brock have come in and transformed what we do from a team Culture perspective, with high standards in training and a new style of play, and we have a real attack based identity now.

“We are playing a brand of rugby supporters want to see and what the players want to play, and you see that in the performances and results.”

Sam Cross
"There is a real camaraderie between the boys and the new coaching group and it’s just an exciting time to be an Osprey."

Toby Booth, Ospreys Head Coach, said:

Sam is an energizer and has a really positive impact on our game with his high-tempo approach and adaptable skillset. He is an integral part of our culture and is a good influence both on and off the field.”