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Ospreys star Tipuric impresses on Australia tour

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Jun 2012


who was left out of Wales' World Cup squad

Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric again staked his claim for a starting spot for Wales after scoring in the midweek clash with the Brumbies.

Tipuric was part of the Ospreys team which claimed the RaboDirect PRO12 title with a 31-30 win over Leinster last month.

With Sam Warburton, Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate the current first-choice trio in the Welsh back row, Tipuric has found his international chances limited but with Faletau back home after an injury Tipuric could be in line for a spot in the matchday squad for the second Test.

And caretaker boss Rob Howley admitted after his performance against the Brumbies that the 22-year-old had really impressed.

Howley said: “We’ve always said we wanted competition for places and once again the players have worn the Welsh jersey with pride and asked the coaches some questions.

“Justin Tipuric was outstanding and his ability to get on the ball, or stay off it, was terrific.

“It was a job well done. To back up in the midweek after a Test game shows great spirit and character.

“We took our chances well in the first half and were clinical. We lacked possession and territory in the second half, but we displayed the kind of defensive qualities we will need in the second Test at the weekend.

“The qualities we showed in our line speed and numbering up in defence were key in the second half. I’m delighted with the win."