Scarlets have confirmed that Australian-born and Welsh qualified loosehead prop Dylan Evans will join the region ahead of the 2015/16 season.
The 26-year-old, Welsh qualified through dad Jon who hails from Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, has represented Newcastle and NSW Country, and faced George North and Jonathan Davies as part of the Combined NSW-Queensland Country side who took on the British and Irish Lions in 2013.
The 117kg Merewether prop, who has trialed with the Brumbies and Crusaders and spent time with the Rebels, has juggled his rugby dream with studying Construction Management at Newcastle University and full-time work respectively.
"We are pleased to confirm the signing of Dylan Evans as we look to strengthen our depth in the front-row. With Rob Evans' inclusion in the Welsh squad this year, and possible selection in the Rugby World Cup squad, it gives us much-needed cover at loosehead to complement our existing contigent," said Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac.
"Dylan has been in and around Super level squads which will ensure he brings an exciting and experienced dimension to our front-row.
"He's a good guy and has spent some time with us here at Parc y Scarlets whilst he was back visiting family. He's Welsh qualified and fits the profile of player we're looking for on and off the field."
Evans said: "I have been to Wales quite a lot. I love the place. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to join a great club like the Scarlets and spend some time with family over there.
"My grandfather's really proud. He would have been happy with wherever I played, but definitely it makes it that extra bit special being Scarlets."