Lions and Wales star puts pen to paper on new deal to stay in Welsh rugby

Gareth Davies has signed a new contract with the Scarlets to extend his marathon spell with the West Wales region.

Dwayne Peel’s side have built up significant momentum of late with three big wins which have significantly improved their chances of qualifying for the United Rugby Championship play-offs and propelled them to the top of the competition’s Welsh Shield. Davies was central to success against Zebre (41-24) and Cardiff (35-20 and 49-14), with the 31-year-old man of the match in the game against the Italians and credited with three assists over the matches.

One of the game’s most dangerous attacking nine, he came across 55 tries during his Scarlets career which began with an 18-year-old outing against Ulster in 2009, with his highlights including a memorable scoreline in the Guinness PRO12 final win over Munster five years ago.

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There have also been 67 caps for Wales along the way, while Davies played for the Lions in South Africa last summer. A third World Cup could also be on the horizon for a creative and quick player who is still in Wayne Pivac’s plans and consistently thriving for his home region.

He said: “I have always been extremely proud to wear the Scarlets shirt – it means a lot to me and my family. It was an easy decision to sign a new contract here.

“I first joined the Scarlets academy when I was 17 and have played over 200 games for the club. Since Dwayne arrived I have loved every minute. ‘one I admired as a player growing up.

“It’s a great place to come to work every day and we feel we’re really building something with Dwayne and the other coaches. As you’ve seen in some of our more recent games, there’s a good harvest young people coming in, which is great for us as a team.

“Winning the PRO12 title with the Scarlets a few years ago was one of the highlights of my career and as a group we want to be a challenge for silverware and the best in Europe again. four great games and hopefully we can make the URC play-offs and secure Champions Cup rugby again for next season.

Scarlets head coach Peel sees Davies as a player who, with his high standards, young players in the region can look up to, adding: “You can see from his recent performances what playing for the Scarlets means to Gar. He is originally from the area and is passionate about driving this team forward over the next few years.

“He has that X-factor that can change a game and he’s shown that at the highest level. He’s also one of the most experienced players in the team, a player who sets high standards, which the young nines we’ve been through can suck in. It’s great news that he’s signed a new contract.

Davies becomes the latest contract renewal announced by the Scarlets in recent weeks, following Sam Lousi, Scott Williams, Rhys Patchell, Johnny McNicholl, Ryan Conbeer and Sam Costelow putting pen to paper on new packages.

Charles P. Patton