Scarlets secure backline trio

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:03
Large simon easterby630

The Scarlets have secured three versatile centres Scott Williams, Gareth Maule and Adam Warren on two-year contracts.

The Scarlets have secured three versatile centres Scott Williams, Gareth Maule and Adam Warren on two-year contracts.

The adds to a growing list of contracts already in place for next season with key players including Wales internationals Ken Owens (hooker) and Aaron Shingler (back row) along with new flyhalf signing Steve Shingler who joins from London Irish and influential Scarlets front rowers Phil John and Emyr Phillips also secured.

Scarlets Head Coach Simon Easterby said:  “These are important re-signings for us and if you add these players to the core of international and regional talent we have already in contract with us, there is a very strong foundation being retained here at the Scarlets in terms of experience, quality and flair which is key to our ambition.

“Add the eight players that we have secured so far going forward to a squad list that includes international class players like Jon Davies, Rhys Priestland, Liam Williams, Rob McCusker, Josh Turnbull plus a group of very talented young emerging players and we have a lot to be positive about.

“To have secured key players like Ken Owens and Scott Williams with the value and profile they have both inside and outside Wales, shows that wherever possible, we are committed to retaining our best talent and have the ambition push forward rugby at Parc y Scarlets and reward our loyal, supporters, partners and sponsors.”

Scarlets supporters will be delighted to have retained the popular Carmarthenshire born international centre Scott Williams, a player who has been brought up in rugby through the Scarlets region coming from Newcastle Emlyn and playing for Whitland RFC and Llanelli RFC. His Scarlets debut came on 2nd October 2010 against the Ospreys. He has appeared 52 times with 32 points for the region.

Williams’ international debut for Wales came as a replacement against the Barbarians on 4th June 2011. He was then selected for the Welsh squad that went to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand – scoring four tries with a hat trick against Namibia. Williams was also part of the Grand Slam winning squad of the 2012 Six Nations Championships and scored the unforgettable, headline-grabbing decisive try in the victory over England at Twickenham.

He said:  “I am delighted to be staying at the Scarlets – I wouldn’t want to play my rugby anywhere else and it was important to me to be part of this rugby squad and region having grown-up with Scarlets rugby.  The team has shown its determination and ability this season and to be in the race now for the play-offs in the PRO12 means everything to the players and supporters at Parc y Scarlets.”

And during international windows, centre colleagues Maule and Adam have been at the heart of the league campaign to keep the Scarlets in the fight for a league play-off place this season.

Born in Pontypool, Maule  has captained his region, is established as a senior figure in the Scarlets set-up having moved from the Newport Gwent Dragons in May 2009 and played four seasons with the Scarlets.

Warren made his Scarlets debut against Aironi on 4th September 2011 and was one of the rising stars of the season scoring four tries in his first season, which earned him his international debut for Wales against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium on 2 June 2012.

Born in Carmarthen and raised in Burry Port, he played his youth rugby for Llangennech and was named Player of the Season after his first season with the senior team, before moving onto Llandovery for the 2010-11 season. Adam has also been capped by the Welsh Under 20s team and the Welsh Sevens team.  He has appeared 34 times for the region with 20 points.

He said:  “I am very pleased to have extended my contract at the Scarlets and it is where I am at home playing my rugby. The region invested in me and gave me opportunities when I stepped up to the senior squad in 2011, developing me as a player and I just want to push on now and stay competitive.  There are some great players to work alongside and to be part of an ambitious Scarlets squad can only be a good thing for me.”

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 15h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bristol 15h00 Sixways
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
Cardiff Blues v Munster 17h15 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cheetahs v Bulls 17h30 Bloemfontein
Leinster v Scarlets 19h35 RDS Arena
PRO12
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 16 13 0 3 61
Munster 16 13 0 3 59
Ospreys 15 11 0 4 55
Scarlets 16 12 0 4 53
Ulster 14 9 0 5 43
Glasgow Warriors 15 8 0 7 41
Cardiff Blues 16 8 0 8 37
Connacht 14 6 0 8 28
Edinburgh 16 4 0 12 21
Dragons 16 4 0 12 20
Treviso 15 2 0 13 11
Zebre 13 1 0 12 9
RELATED ARTICLES