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Assistant Coach Jones agrees new deal with Scarlets

Scarlets Assistant Coach Stephen Jones has signed a new deal to stay with the club, joining fellow coach Ioan Cunningham in agreeing fresh terms.

Jones was one of Wales’ most successful backs and his country’s second highest points scorer. Credit: PA

Carmarthen born Jones, who made over 300 appearances for Llanelli and Scarlets over a 14 year period with the region, joined the Scarlets coaching team ahead of the 2015-16 season as Backs Coach.

I’m pleased to extend my time with the Scarlets, especially as we head towards a pivotal period in the season. We’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the last few years and the players have bought into the ethos with great enthusiasm and energy. We’re seeing the improvements on the field and it’s great to see such a high number of the region’s young talent making a name for themselves in the PRO12 and stepping up to the plate in Europe.

– Stephen Jones, Scarlets Assistant Coach

The Scarlets are currently locked in a tight competition for a spot in the Guinness PRO12’s top four with only seven rounds of the regular seasons remaining.


FT: Scarlets 15-10 Blues

Scarlets held on to their first half lead to beat Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets.

Scott Williams carried the ball over to increase the Scarlets' lead, with Rhys Patchell securing the conversion. Willis Halaholo brought the Blues back into the game with a try and Steve Shingler closed the gap to five points again.

Aled Thomas had a couple of chances to put the Scarlets further ahead, but could not capitalise on them.

Final score: Scarlets 15-10 Blues.

HT: Scarlets 8-3 Blues

Scarlets welcome Cardiff Blues to Parc y Scarlets in the first derby of New Year's Day.

Steffan Evans put the hosts ahead just after 10 minutes crossing the line with a try. Rhys Patchell added to the lead with a penalty against his former club, but Steve Shingler closed the gap to five points for the Blues shortly after.

Half time score: Scarlets 8-3 Blues.

Shingler to join Cardiff Blues at the end of the season

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Scarlets have confirmed outside half Steven Shingler will leave Parc y Scarlets at the end of the season to join Cardiff Blues.

Shingler has made 63 appearances for the Scarlets, to date, in four season scoring 322 points.

A knee injury in the victory over Edinburgh at the Parc will keep Shingler sidelined with an end of season return likely.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Scarlets for their support over the last few seasons. I’m very much looking forward to making a return from injury before the end of the season and helping the Scarlets in the final push for silverware.

I’m looking forward to the new challenge ahead with Cardiff Blues next season but the focus remains fully on the Scarlets until the end of the season

– Steven Shingler


Scarlets fined over fielding ineligible player

Scarlets have been fined 10,000 Euros for breaching EPCR rules Credit: PA

The Scarlets have been fined €10,000 (£7700) by the body in charge of European rugby for fielding an ineligible player on their bench during January’s European Champions Cup fixture with Racing 92 in Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Wing Jacob Cowley featured on the bench for the West Wales outfit but did not come on the field of play during the 64-14 defeat but governing body EPCR nevertheless found the Scarlets guilty of misconduct at a hearing of the independent Disciplinary Committee.

The committee did however accept that the breach was made in error but did still constitute a breach of tournament rules.

The fine has been suspended but will become payable if the Scarlets are found to breach any further tournament rules between 18th Feb 2016 and 31st May 2016.

Rhodri Jones to join the Ospreys

Rhodri Jones is tackled by Australia's Ben McCalman Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Scarlets tighthead prop Rhodri Jones will leave the region at the end of the season to join the Ospreys.

24-year-old Jones, from Machynlleth, made his Scarlets debut as a replacement in the Heineken Cup match against Leicester Tigers in October 2010.

He went on to make 16 appearances in his first season with the region. He made his 100th regional appearance in Friday evening’s victory over Edinburgh Rugby.

His Wales debut came in June 2012, against the Barbarians, at the Millennium Stadium.

It was an honour to have played my 100th game for the Scarlets last weekend and I will give my all to the region as we challenge for a PRO12 play-off position from now until the end of the season.

I’ve enjoyed my time at the Scarlets and would like to thank everyone for their help and support during my time here.

– Rhodri Jones

Patchell to move to the Scarlets

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Scarlets have confirmed that fly half Rhys Patchell will join the region ahead of the 2016-17 when he will bring to an end a five-year tenure with Cardiff Blues.

Patchell, 22, is the second new addition to Scarlets’ squad for the forthcoming season joining former Scarlet Jonathan Davies on the region’s new recruit list.

The region says he joins a strong pool of existing Scarlets already signed up including captain Ken Owens, Jake Ball, John Barclay, Aled Davies, James Davies, Rob Evans, Samson Lee, Aaron Shingler, Liam Williams and Scott Williams.

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