Former King Parkes ready to face old friends

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:33
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: As the Scarlets prepare for their opening match against South Africa side the Southern Kings on Saturday 2, centre Hadleigh Parkes remains adamant the side can't rest on their laurels.

Heading into a new campaign as the then Pro12 champions put added pressure on the team and the coaching staff with back-to-back titles rare commodities in the championship in recent times.
New Zealand-born centre Parkes has made a return to Scarlets action in pre-season friendlies against Bristol and Gloucester after enjoying a summer of adventure following the final victory at Aviva Stadium back in May to lift the then PRO12 trophy.

Speaking ahead of the opening round of the season, against his former Super Rugby side the Kings, Parkes said; "It was a great end to last season and the boys were playing some really good footy.
"Now we're looking to keep improving this year. It really started to click at the end of last season – we'd worked hard to get to that level – and we scored some really good tries.

"Hopefully we can keep building on that and rekindle the partnerships between the loose forwards and the backs,"
He went on to say; "We have to continue to try and improve. Only one team has done back-to-back titles, so we won't rest on our laurels. There's no guarantee we can repeat our success from last term, but if we improve each week then we'll put our best foot forward to doing that.
"I'm really enjoying life with the Scarlets and I've re-signed for another couple of years. I'm staying here for a little while and my partner and I love it in Wales right now. Long may it continue,"


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Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 8 8 0 0 38
Munster 8 5 0 3 26
Cheetahs 8 4 0 4 20
Connacht 8 3 0 5 16
Cardiff Blues 8 3 0 5 15
Zebre 8 2 0 6 12
Ospreys 8 2 0 6 11
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Scarlets 8 7 0 1 34
Ulster 8 6 0 2 28
Leinster 8 6 0 2 27
Edinburgh 8 5 0 3 23
Treviso 8 3 0 5 14
Dragons 8 2 0 6 10
Kings 8 0 0 8 2