Davies trades Scarlets for Brive

Date published: June 24 2008

Scrum-half Liam Davies is the latest Scarlets player to leave the region to join Top 14 side Brive.

Scrum-half Liam Davies is the latest Scarlets player to leave the region to join Top 14 side Brive.

22-year-old Davies will join former team-mates Barry Davies and Alix Popham at Stade Amedée-Domenech in time for next season.

Davies' contract with the Scarlets expired at the end of last season and he has since attracted several offers from English clubs, as well as an offer of an extension with the Scarlets. However the former Wales U21 player could not turn down Brive's offer.

“I have learnt so many invaluable lessons during my time at the Scarlets, so leaving a club that has looked after me so well will be a sad occasion,” he told The Llanelli Star.

“But the offer to play the style of rugby on offer at Brive is one that I just couldn't refuse. The Brive side is extremely physical yet stylish in the way that they play, and this is something that I am really looking forward to emulating.

“Before signing I spoke with my old team-mate Barry Davies, who couldn't say enough good things about the club. To be able to play for Brive is the stuff of dreams which I am sure will make me a stronger player both physically and mentally.”

Brive's Director of Rugby Laurent Seigne is looking forward to working with Davies and helping him realise his dream of playing for Wales.

“We are very excited that Liam has decided to sign for Brive,” Seigne said.

“He has the potential to be an outstanding player and a future Welsh international star. We made a number of enquiries about Liam and all reports were positive and that he would be a fantastic signing.”

Elsewhere in the Magners League, Scotland U20 international flank Fraser McKenzie has signed a two-year professional contract with Edinburgh.

And the National Academy product, who can also operate at lock, was openly keen not to be intimidated in the first-team set-up and grab any opportunity that comes his way.

“I'm quite happy to take my chance wherever there is a gap; I'll be looking to force my way in,” McKenzie said.

“I have trained a lot with Edinburgh over the past year and it was great learning from top internationals.”