Attack coach Brock James to leave Ospreys

Brock James joined Ospreys in June 2020
Brock James joined Ospreys in June 2020

Ospreys have confirmed that attack coach Brock James will be leaving the club at the end of the ongoing season.

James joined the Welsh province in June 2020 when Toby Booth took charge.

The 40-year-old will now return back to New Zealand to join his family.

“This has been a really hard decision. With my family in New Zealand I have decided to rejoin them there. I am grateful to Toby for giving me the opportunity to be part of the journey the Ospreys are on," he told the club's official website.

“I have loved working with the Ospreys players and staff. I really appreciate how hard everyone has worked and the foundations that have been laid for the future.

“My focus now is on a strong finish to the season and seeing the Ospreys maintain our momentum in the United Rugby Championship.”

James had a stellar 16-year career where he represented Taranaki, Clermont Auvergne, La Rochelle, Bordeaux Bègles, Queensland Reds, Western Force and La Rochelle. He also had success with Clermont as they went on to win European Challenge Cup in 2007 and the Top 14 title in 2010.

“We are disappointed to see Brock leave but totally understand his reasons for deciding to put his family first. His commitment throughout his time here has been exemplary," said Ospreys head coach Booth.

“His honesty, integrity and deep knowledge of the game have been a huge benefit to myself, his fellow coaches and the players. I look forward to see him continue his coaching career in New Zealand.”