Ospreys Rugby are delighted to announce that hooker, Dewi Lake, has signed his first senior deal.
- Just two years after converting from the back row to hooker, Dewi Lake signs his first senior deal
- Lake is currently in Argentina with Wales U20 where he will captain his country in the Junior World Championship which kicks off on Tuesday
- Winner of the Most Improved Elite Youth player at last month's end of season awards, he has one senior Ospreys appearance to his name
Lake put pen to paper on his new contract before heading off to Argentina where he leads Wales U20 as captain in the World Rugby Championship, which kicks off this week.
Winner of the Most Improved Elite Development Player at last month’s end of season awards, 20-year old Lake follows in the footsteps of his national team colleagues, Harri Morgan and Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, who have also signed senior contracts. Lake began his rugby as a child with Valley Ravens, before playing for Bridgend Sports.
“It’s a massive honour for me” said Lake after committing to the Ospreys.
“You dream about it as a little boy, signing your first contract. I’m looking to make a mark next season now. I’ve had a good two years since switching to hooker and it’s all starting to come together so I’m very happy to be where I am with all the effort and time the Ospreys have put in to me.”
A late entrant into the Ospreys Academy system, Lake came into the U18 set-up during the second year of age-grade rugby as a flanker, his potential to play in the front row identified soon afterwards, leading to a switch of position to hooker late in 2017.
It’s a switch that has certainly paid off to date. Featuring in the Principality Premiership for Bridgend Ravens in 2017/18, Lake made his only senior Ospreys appearance so far at the end of that season, away to Zebre in the Guinness PRO14, before heading to his first Junior World Championship, in France last summer.
Continued his development this season, Lake featured five times for the Development team in the Celtic Cup as well as appearing regularly in the white of Swansea RFC.
His progress can be seen in his growing status as national age-grade captain. He impressed during the Six Nations championship when taking over the captaincy reins from Tommy Reffell who suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the campaign against France and has been entrusted with the role for the forthcoming competition.
Dan Griffiths, Rugby General Manager, said:
“Dewi has worked extremely hard and this contract is recognition of the progress he has made. He didn’t feature in the regional age-grade programme until year two of the U18s, but quickly established himself as a standout player with his aggressive, physical performances.
“Originally a back-row, it was decided that Dewi had both the game and stature to play professional rugby as a hooker. To his credit, a couple of years after making that transition he has gone on to lead his country and put in some excellent performances in the process.
“Dewi will agree he has a lot of hard work ahead to establish himself in what is a position of strength for the Ospreys. However, we are excited about his potential.”