(), formerly the Neath-Swansea Ospreys
is the brand name of the team, since they now have more associates than just Neath and Swansea. The official name of the company behind the team is still Neath-Swansea Ospreys
(see also and ) (), are a professional rugby union
team from Wales
, playing in the Magners League
, EDF Energy Cup
, and the Heineken Cup
/European Challenge Cup
. At the start of the 2005–06 season, they dropped the Neath-Swansea prefix from their name and are simply known as the Ospreys, however the company is still Neath-Swansea Ospreys.
<!-- Deleted image removed: -->The Ospreys are one of the five original clubs of the Welsh Regional Rugby Era
. The club came into being in the summer of 2003 when the WRU
controversially elected to reduce the current top tier of Welsh professional rugby from nine clubs into five regions, attempting to mirror the successful formats in Ireland and the Southern Hemisphere
countries of South Africa
, Australia and New Zealand.
The Ospreys represent Neath Port Talbot
, and areas of the Upper Swansea Valley. The team was initially created as a partnership between the area's two most successful clubs – Neath RFC
and Swansea RFC
– who still retain ownership of the club on a 50:50 basis.
In summer 2004, due to the liquidation of the Celtic Warriors
region, Neath-Swansea Ospreys had their borders extended to cover much of the Bridgend