Phillips pens new Scarlets deal

Date published: April 5 2016

The Scarlets have announced that hooker Emyr Phillips is the latest player to commit his future to his home region.

Phillips, 29, from Llandovery grew up playing for the town's junior rugby teams. He joined the Scarlets in 2008 and made his debut in a league match against Ulster in May 2009.

In his Scarlets career to date, he has made 126 appearances, scoring three tries, and scored an excellent solo try on the occasion of his 100th cap against Italian rugby side, Benetton Treviso in September 2014.

Phillips has captained the Scarlets on a few occasions, taking the reins for the first time in an LV= Cup clash against Leicester Tigers in February 2013 and has won three international caps. He made his Welsh debut in the summer of 2013, starting both Tests on the tour of Japan.

A knee injury suffered in the region's New Year's Day derby away to Cardiff Blues will keep Phillips sidelined for the remainder of the current season.

Commenting on the news Emyr Phillips said; "It has been a frustrating couple of season with injuries but I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract to remain here at Parc y Scarlets.

"The recovery is going well on the knee injury and I'm very much looking forward to getting a full pre-season under my belt and hit the ground running for the 2016-17 campaign.

"It's difficult to watch from the sidelines, particularly when the boys have been doing so well and put us in a good position to fight for a play-off spot at the end of the season."

Head Coach Wayne Pivac said: "We're pleased to see Emyr joining a strong pool of current Scarlets who have already committed their futures to the region. He has been unlucky with injuries of late but we look forward to welcoming him back for the 2016-17 campaign."

Phillips, who has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal, is the latest name in a long line of Scarlets who have committed their futures to the region. 

Captain Ken Owens leads an impressive group of players who have put pen to paper at Parc y Scarlets including Jake Ball, Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, James Davies, Rob Evans, Samson Lee, Emyr Phillips, Aaron Shingler, Liam Williams and Scott Williams.

The region will also welcome Jonathan Davies, Jonathan Evans, Rhys Patchell and Werner Kruger to Parc y Scarlets for the 2016/17 campaign.