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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.

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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.

Scarlets 16 - 6 Blues

Ken Owens scored the match's only try. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Captain Ken Owens scored the only try of a scrappy match to help Scarlets register a crucial Guinness Pro12 derby victory over Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets.

The win lifted the west Wales region into sixth place in the league to boost their chances of claiming the final automatic qualification spot for the European Champions' Cup.

It now goes down to final match of the regular season at the weekend when Scarlets travel to Treviso, while Connacht in seventh, four points behind, will host leaders Ospreys.

Owens' try came in the second half after an error-strewn match had been neatly poised at 9-6.

Scarlets were indebted to 11 points from the boot of Rhys Priestland, while Blues' points came by way of two penalties from Rhys Patchell.

Scarlets were at near full-strength although they were without Regan King with concussion. This was Priestland's final home game before he joins Bath in the summer.

The west Wales region were unchanged from the team that beat the Dragons 29-17 on Judgement Day.

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Result: Ulster 24 - 9 Scarlets

The Scarlets were comfortably beaten by Ulster in their European Champions Cup clash on Saturday night.

The Irish side earned a bonus point, with tries from Darren Cave, Ruan Pienaar, Tommy Bowe and Rory Best.

Rhys Priestland kicked three penalties for the Scarlets, who had James Davies and Liam Williams sent to the sin bin.

The defeat leaves the Welsh side in a difficult position in Pool 5,ahead of the return fixtures at Parc y Scarlets next weekend.

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