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Anscombe's arrival forces Sam Davies out at the Ospreys

Ospreys have confirmed that Sam Davies is to leave the Welsh region two weeks after his 150th appearance for the club. 

With his contract expiring this weekend, Swansea-born Davies will bring to an end a 10-year association with the Ospreys.

Having made his debut in January 2012 in an LV= Cup tie against the Dragons, he started 96 games and came off the bench in a further 54. 

His 836 points puts him second on the all-time list, two ahead of James Hook. He edged past him when he kicked two conversions in his final game, this month’s Champions Cup qualifier defeat of the Scarlets.

Ospreys general manager Dan Griffiths said: “Sam leaves the Ospreys with the best wishes of everyone at the region. He has grown up in our environment and been a big part of the team over the last seven years and his record speaks for itself. 

“He feels that the time is right for a fresh challenge and we wish him good luck for the future. With Gareth Anscombe and Luke Price secured for next season and beyond, some exciting young talent coming through the ranks and further recruitment is planned. We are looking forward to the coming season with real enthusiasm.”

Anscombe’s signing by Ospreys from Cardiff was announced on April 15. He said: “I’m delighted to have secured my future to play professional rugby in Wales and to be joining the Ospreys. I’m very happy to finally be able to put pen to paper during what’s been an unsettling time and commit to staying in Wales.

“I know a lot of the boys from my time with the Wales team and they can’t speak highly enough of the spirit and ambition within the region which really excites me.

“I’ve been impressed with the vision and the long-term goals of the coaches and region as a whole and I would like to thank them for supporting my dream to continue playing pro rugby in Wales and, if I am playing well enough, to play for my country.”

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Anscombe's arrival forces Sam Davies out at the Ospreys