Phil Cokanasiga Leicester

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Phil Cokanasiga of Leicester Tigers during the Premiership Rugby Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Ampthill Rugby at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Graham Chadwick/Getty Images)

Toby Booth Backs New Recruit Phil Cokanasiga To Make Major Impact After Move From Leicester

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By Paul Jones

Toby Booth believes he can sharpen the Ospreys’ cutting edge next season with the help of new signing Phil Cokanasiga.

The younger brother of England wing Joe Cokanasiga, 22-year-old Phil is leaving Leicester Tigers to move to the Swansea region.

The centre’s switch comes as the Ospreys prepare to rebuild their squad in readiness for the departure of Wales star George North, who is moving to Provence this summer.

“Phil is a talented player with lots of potential who we believe will be an excellent addition to our squad next season,” said Ospreys head coach Booth.

“Adding some exciting talent and physicality in our midfield whilst adding to our strength in depth is vital in our progress.

“We have been developing our attacking game and that requires certain attributes and skills. Phil will certainly improve our chances in continuing to grow in this area.”

Cokanasiga has made nine appearances for Leicester this season after joining from London Irish in 2022.

“Signing for the Ospreys is an exciting next step in my career,” said Cokanasiga.

“After speaking with Toby, one thing made clear was the team’s ambition and how I would fit in to that.

“I’ve been keeping tabs on them this season and it’s great to see the performances they’ve been putting in, despite having a young squad.

“I’m looking forward to getting started and making the most of this opportunity.”

Leicester Tigers general manager, Richard Wilks said: “Phil is a popular and talented member of the squad.”

“Phil is also at an age where he wants to play more rugby so it’s the right time for him to take on this opportunity and we wish him well in the next stage of his career at the Ospreys.”

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