Guinness PRO14 champions Scarlets have this Tuesday completed the signing of an exciting prospect from Super Rugby.
Twenty-seven-year-old New Zealand Maori back-row Blade Thomson is to move to the Welsh region ahead of the 2018-19 season.
A Junior World Championship winner with the Baby Blacks, Thomson will provide much-needed experience as the reigning league champions are set to lose Tadhg Beirne, Scott Williams, John Barclay and Aled Davies at the end of this campaign.
Thomson, who played alongside Scarlets’ Hadleigh Parkes in Super Rugby, has struggled with injury in recent times but his new head coach, Wayne Pivac, is thrilled to have got his man
“Blade’s Super Rugby experience will (be) a welcome addition to the pack and the squad as a whole. He is a very athletic, no-nonsense player with a big engine who will be an effective ball carrier both in the wide channels as well as in the middle of the park.
“Blade is highly regarded in New Zealand whilst an untimely injury impacted on his rugby in the last six months but he’s certainly a physical player who possess the skillset to play the Scarlets way.”
While this signing makes the future exciting, the Scarlets will be very much focussed on the present and this season’s PRO14.
They are currently in second place in Conference B, just three points behind pace-setters Leinster.