ELVIS TAIONE is relishing his opportunity with the Ospreys and the chance to test himself against the South African sides now in the United Rugby Championship.
The Tongan hooker, who signed for the Ospreys in the summer, has featured in the two wins against the Dragons and Cardiff Rugby in the first couple of games of the new campaign.
The Ospreys face the first of the ‘Big Four’ sides from South Africa when the Cell C Sharks are the visitors to the Swansea.com Stadium on Friday evening (KO: 7.35pm).
Taione, who played for Western Force and the Waratahs in Super Rugby, admits the prospect of facing the likes of the Sharks was one of the reasons he signed for the Ospreys.
“It is no secret what I can offer on the pitch, I am a pretty direct rugby player, I don’t sidestep, or anything like that, and I like the physical side of rugby and I thrive on that,” said Taione.
“Hopefully, I can bring that to the Ospreys and when we talk about South African teams, it is just exciting.