Elvis Taione: Ospreys signal veteran Tonga hooker from Exeter


Tonga hooker Elvis Taione has made 29 worldwide appearances for his nation

Ospreys have confirmed the signing of seasoned Tonga hooker Elvis Taione for a one-year contract with Exeter.

Taione, 38, will be a part of the Champions Cup and English Premiership profitable crew and can observe Welsh prop grasp Tomas Francis to Liberty Stadium.

Ospreys are attempting to fill the void left by Scott Otten’s resignation.

“Elvis has a confirmed monitor document on a title-winning crew and that basis was constructed on a dominant set piece scenario,” mentioned Ospreys head coach Toby Sales space.

Taione was a part of Tonga’s 2015 World Cup squad, taking part in tremendous rugby for Western Drive and the Waratahs in Australia earlier than taking part in with the Jersey Reds within the English championship.

He joined Exeter in 2014 and helped the Chiefs develop right into a dominant drive in English and European rugby.

“Tomas Francis and I each moved to Exeter in the identical season and now we’re each going to the Ospreys in the identical season,” Taione mentioned.

“He adopted me to Exeter and now I am following him to Swansea.

“I see the Ospreys in the same place to Exeter once I got here to see them and I hope my expertise will help the crew develop.”



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