James Fender signs new deal with Ospreys

The Ospreys announced today that powerhouse lock, James Fender, had signed a new deal with the team.

Fender, 22, quickly rose to being a fan favourite after he broke into the senior setup earlier this season and has been tipped by many in the media as being a future international.

A product of the Ospreys pathway and South Gower RFC, Fender has made 15 appearances for the Ospreys so far in his career. Fender also spent time out on loan at the Cornish Pirates in the English Championship last season.

At international level, Fender has represented Wales at u18s, u19s and has made 9 appearances at u20 level. 

Standing at 6’7” tall, the second rower offers a set piece threat, whilst also utilising his frame to make himself a nuisance at the breakdown and a solid carrying option.

Speaking on his move, Fender said: “To sign a new deal to stay with my home club is a proud moment for me and my family. I’m really looking forward to continuing my career here at the Ospreys, the place where it all started.”

“There have been some hugely successful second rows to have come through the Ospreys pathway over the years. You only have to look at people like Alun Wyn and Beardy, playing alongside them and learning from them has been really beneficial for me and has helped massively with my development.”

Head Coach, Toby Booth, said: “It’s great to have Fender commit his future to the Ospreys, it says a lot about the project we are building here. Securing our best young talent has always been an important objective for us.

“Spending time out on loan at the Cornish Pirates and getting exposed to senior rugby was crucial for his development. Returning to us, everyone has witnessed his progress with his performances this season. What is exciting is that there is more to come from him once he is back available from injury.”