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    Marshall extends Ospreys contract


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    <div ="cap">Marshall will play at the Liberty Stadium for another two seasons</div>

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    Justin Marshall has extended his contract with the Ospreys, taking him until the end of the 2008/9 season.

    Last week the 33-year-old scrum-half, who won 81 New
    Zealand caps, pledged his loyalty to the Welsh region in the face of
    rumours he could leave early.

    Now Marshall has added action to his words to lengthen the two-year deal he signed on arrival in April 2006.

    "The team treat me well, I'm managed well. The Ospreys are fantastic," Marshall said.
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    The signing of Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips from rival
    Welsh region Cardiff Blues had increased speculation that Marshall
    could quit the Liberty Stadium early.

    French giants Stade Francais were believed to be among the leading contenders vying for the scrum-half's services.

    But Marshall will now contest the Ospreys number nine shirt with Phillips for another two years.

    Despite losing Sunday's EDF Energy Cup final against
    Leicester, going down 41-35 at Twickenham, Marshall was still convinced
    that his future lies in Wales.

    Ospreys director of rugby Kevin Hopkins said: "We are
    delighted that a player of Justin's calibre has shown commitment to the
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    "This not only demonstrates his loyalty to this region, but also reflects well on the region as a whole and on its ambition."<!- E BO ->


    Mike Phillips must be wondering why the feck he went so...
    Chickens don\'t CLAP!!!



      Has he actually signed though....because it ain't finalised yet and still only a "linked" move


      In: Gareth Thomas (Toulouse), Paul Tito (Taranaki and Hurricanes), Jason Spice (Ospreys), Richie Rees (London Irish)

      Rumoured transfer targets:


      Possible exits: Mike Phillips (linked with a move to the Ospreys)


      Rumoured transfer targets: Kevin Mealamu (New Zealand), Marty Holah (New Zealand), Mike Phillips (Blues), Ian Gough (Dragons), Mark Taylor (Sale), Daryl Gibson (Leicester)




        There are some very talanted players on both those lists.

        Cardiff and the Hairsprays will both be stronger again next season by the looks of it.

        I wonder where they are getting the money for all these big transfers/ wages?

        Surely they should be behind the Irish provinces in terms of gate receipts and sponsorship and roughly on par with TV money.

        They seem to be able to spend more than us on transfers though. [img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]