The Scarlets have added three bright young talents to their Academy for the 2019-20 season.
Brothers Sam and Harri O’Connor and scrum-half Harry Williams, who have all come through the Welsh Rugby Union’s Exiles programme, are the latest recruits looking to continue their dreams of becoming a professional rugby player.
Props Sam, 17, and Harri, 18, have previously been part of the Bath Academy, but are Welsh qualified through their father, who hails from Bonymaen. They have been studying at Llandovery College and been playing for the Scarlets U18s side. Both were capped by Wales at age-grade level last season.
Harry Williams, 16, is a pupil at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich. The livewire No. 9 has been with the Northampton Saints Academy for the last three years. A lifelong Scarlets fan, his grandfather is from Pontyberem and father from Dunvant.
Scarlets development pathway manager Kevin George said: “I watched Harry play for Northampton as a 15-year-old in an under-18s game against Worcester and he was outstanding. He is very sharp, elusive and has played in our combined team and excelled in that.
“Harry will be staying in school for the next two years in Ipswich and then join us to go to Swansea Uni.
“Both Harri and Sam were in Bath academy and both went via the Exiles programme to Llandovery College. Both had very good seasons and played U18 and U19 for Wales. They are modern, mobile props which we are always looking for. One is a tight-head and one a loose-head, there is plenty of potential there.”