Arhip signs new deal with Ospreys :: 01 Apr 09:18

The Ospreys have announced that Dmitri Arhip, the Moldovan tight head, has agreed a new deal until the summer of 2018.

He joined the region in November 2012, and played nine times in his first season, scoring one try against the Dragons in the 52-19 victory at the Liberty Stadium. An Achilles tendon rupture in preseason kept him out of the entire 2013/14 campaign, but he has returned with 22 appearances so far this season.

Rugby General Manager, Andrew Millward, said:

“There’s no doubting that Dmitri has been a huge find for us. He’s come from Russia, overcome the language barrier, stepped up to professional level, and he’s never been anything less than 100 per cent in everything he does. He’s learning every day and he’s played a huge amount of rugby for us this season.

“Last season was very tough for him after he snapped his Achilles in pre-season which meant he missed a year of rugby. Given that setback, he’s done exceptionally well to get to where he is now. He’s a versatile player who arrived in Wales primarily as a loose head/hooker, that we’ve converted to a tight head. It’s important we recognise that this is effectively his first full season as a professional rugby player, and his first as a specialist tight head, so he is only going to get better.

“He’s growing all the time in terms of his rugby ability. With his physicality and size, it’s quite a combination. His effort around the field is phenomenal and he is getting better and better at the set-piece all the time. It’s great news for us that Dmitri will be part of our squad for another three years.”