Newly-appointed Ospreys skipper Justin Tipuric looks set for another stellar season in European competition after opening his domestic campaign with two man-of-the-match displays.
The 29-year-old was made captain of the Welsh province – who will be competing in this season’s European Rugby Challenge Cup – last month, taking over from lock Alun Wyn Jones.
The Wales flanker got his season off to a flier with a battling display in a 17-13 PRO14 win over Edinburgh Rugby, before scoring two tries in a 46-14 success over South African side Cheetahs.
Tipuric combined with former captain Jones for a second half try last week after a brilliant inside pass from the flanker, and the 32-year-old returned the favour for Tipuric’s second score of the match as he was driven over the try line.
He will be looking to take his try-scoring form into European competition, having scored five tries in his last 14 matches in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
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Speaking to Ospreys’ website last month, head coach Allen Clarke hailed the strengths of Tipuric, saying: “An Osprey through and through, Justin is the right man for the job.
“’Tips’ has a wonderful understanding of rugby, with a steely determination and skill-set to match. He epitomises the past and what we aspire to be again.”
Ospreys begin their Challenge Cup Pool 2 campaign against last year’s semi-finalists, Pau, on October 13, before taking on Stade Français Paris and Worcester Warriors.
They will be competing in the Challenge Cup for just the second time, with their sole previous appearance coming in 2016-17, when they won all six of their Pool matches, before being beaten 25-21 in the quarter-finals by Stade Français Paris.