Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ospreys sign Chauncey O'Toole

Canadian backrow stocks continue to boom. Following Canadian international blindside flanker, Jebb Sinclair´s, post Rugby World Cup 2011 move to play for London Irish, his international team mate, Chauncey O'Toole has agreed to terms to play in the Celtic League (Rabo Direct Pro League) and the European Cup (Heineken Cup) with Welsh club, Ospreys. He will join the Welsh region following Rugby World Cup 2011. O'Toole's move to Wales marks a return to the Celtic League as he briefly played for Scottish side, the Glasgow Warriors in 2010 before requesting release to return to Canada to better prepare for New Zealand 2011. His retrun to professional rugby comes as no surprize to followers of Canadian rugby considering his performances for Canada and Rugby World Cup-Argentina2023 hailed him as the world´s best amateur player. The 25 year old openside flanker´s contract is for one season with the option of an additional year. He joins Ospreys from Canadian side, The Rock, although he did play in Wales earlier in 2010 as part of the RGC 1404 team of Northern Wales.  

Like Jebb Sinclair, Chauncey O'Toole, is a native of the Canadian province of New Brunswick and together with Aaron Carpenter and Adam Kleeberger, Canada are going into New Zealand 2011 with a fantastic backrow. The backrow will be crucial to Canada´s chances as theu look to defeat two of France, Japan, New Zealand and Tonga. O'Toole's form going into Rugby World Cup 2011 has been impressive. He was man of the series in the 2010 Churchill Cup in which Canada were defeated by the England Saxons in the Final. As of publication, O'Toole has played eleven international matches for Canada since making his debut vs Ireland in 2009. His most recent appearance being yesterday´s 28-22 victory over the USA in Toronto. In his 11 match international career, O'Toole against eight different countries and has scored three tries - one vs each of Russia, Spain and Uruguay. His ball carrying abilities, tackling and speed make him an outstanding player and, similar to USA captain, Todd Clever, his progress has a lot to do with Rugby Sevens as O'Toole represented Canada in the IRB Rugby Sevens World Series.

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