Front row boost for Scarlets

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:15
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Scarlets have received a front row boost with the news that experienced Prop Phil John and hooker Emyr Phillips have signed new contracts.

Scarlets have received a front row boost with the news that experienced Prop Phil John and hooker Emyr Phillips have signed new contracts.

Phillips, 25, one of the rising stars in recent seasons in a Scarlets shirt, has 63 appearances to his name already and signs up for another three seasons at Parc y Scarlets.

Home-grown Scarlets talent Phillips has developed through the ranks at Llandovery and has been a firm favourite at the Scarlets since joining the region at 18 in 2008. He made his debut in a league match against Ulster in May 2009.

Head Coach Simon Easterby said it was important to secure experience in the pack and continue their investment in key players from the region like Phillips as they stride forward in their rugby careers.

Easterby said: “Emyr is a key part of our future and has proved himself to be an excellent professional when handed opportunities in recent years. He is progressing quickly and will flourish given the competition that still exists in our squad at hooker.

“He has worked hard, been patient for opportunities at times and shown his commitment to the region when handed his chances. He has the determination and ability to really push on from here and we are pleased to have signed him for another three years at what is a key point in his career."

Phillips said: “I am delighted to have extended my contract at Parc y Scarlets and the exciting opportunity to be part of a group that has the ambition and drive to push forward."

John joins some of the region's greats including Ray Gravell (480 appearances), current Scarlets President Phil Bennett (403), current Scarlets team manager Garan Evans (343), Wales' record cap holder Stephen Jones (314) and former coaches Nigel Davies (397), Phil Davies (329) and Gareth Jenkins (254).

His experience, commitment to the Scarlets region and strong performances this season are rewarded with a new two-year deal at Parc y Scarlets.

Easterby said: "Phil has been outstanding for us this season and working with Danny (Wilson) has brought a real focus to his work in the scrum.  He was celebrated for reaching 250 appearances against Clermont last weekend and with more than 13 years service for Llanelli and the Scarlets, is an example of the loyalty this club engenders in its players."
 

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