The Ospreys can confirm the signing of backrower Will Hickey on a two-year contract.
Hickey, 19, who captained Leinster U19s and played for Ireland U19s, impressed during a recent three-month trial in Wales before signing for the Liberty Stadium side.
Mike Ruddock, the Ospreys Development Director, identified Hickey as a player of real potential in the Leinster Academy and invited him for a trial at the regional rugby franchise.
An athletic and mobile forward, who can play across the backrow, Hickey has now entered the Ospreys Player Pathway Programme and will combine his playing career with studying engineering at Swansea University.
Will Hickey, Ireland U19’s backrower, said:
“When Mike Ruddock made contact and discussed the prospect of having a trial with the Ospreys, I jumped at the opportunity and knew I had to make the most of it.
“I had other offers from clubs but as soon as I got here, I knew the Ospreys was where I wanted to be to progress my career. The boys have really made me feel welcome and I know the rest is down to me.
“Toby has shown a real faith in the young talent at the Ospreys and that is just exciting and, as a young player, I know I have to take any opportunity when it comes my way.”
Toby Booth, Ospreys Head Coach, said:
“Will has been very impressive, as a young player, both on and off the pitch. He is very diligent and very committed, and has had some real impactful moments in training since he has been here.
“Will has shown he is a player of real potential and his signing is part of our strategic plan to grow the depth and quality of the Ospreys squad.”