Jones backs King influence

Date published: July 24 2015

Scarlets backs coach Stephen Jones believes his charges can learn a great deal from experienced outside centre Regan King during the off-season.

One of the newest members of their coaching team, Jones begins his tenure without the likes of Wales stalwarts Scott Williams and Liam Williams.

Also missing due to World Cup duty will be new signing DTH van der Merwe so youngsters are set to get their chance early into the 2015/16 term.

"Scott and Liam are two key players, we've also got DTH coming in and Cawdor (Gareth Davies) to return as well," said Jones. 

"Scott is a quality centre; his ball playing ability is top drawer, he's very strong and is a good running threat. Liam is a crowd favourite, he's fearless and a smart rugby player as well. Those guys are natural leaders."

Jones though has highlighted the importance of having King in the group, saying he hopes youngsters watch the former All Black closely in training.

"He's brilliant, we all know Regan's skill set," he added.

"He's a great sounding board for me, he's a quality rugby player, his ability to ball-play close to defenders is something special – not just for me but our younger guys here as well.

"We encourage the youngsters to watch him closely. I'm sure we all enjoy watching him play."