Emyr lands coach role

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Scar­lets and Wales hooker Emyr Phillips has joined the re­gion as a devel­op­ment skills coach.

In­jury forced Phillips (right) to re­tire from play­ing pro­fes­sional rugby in 2018 after more than 150 Scar­lets ap­pear­ances across 10 sea­sons. The 32-yearold Llan­dovery prod­uct was also capped three times for Wales.

Since hang­ing up his play­ing boots he has been coach­ing within the Scar­lets’ age-grade set-up, at Llan­dovery Col­lege and as head coach of Welsh Premier­ship side Car­marthen Quins.

He re­places Dai Flana­gan, who has been pro­moted to the Scar­lets’ se­nior set-up.

Phillips, who has also cap­tained the Scar­lets, said: “I am chuffed to be back here at Parc y Scar­lets, where I had so many great ex­pe­ri­ences as a player.

“The Scar­lets have a proud his­tory of pro­duc­ing home­grown talent. We had seven play­ers with Wales U20s at the World Cham­pi­onships in Argentina re­cently, a num­ber of the boys are cur­rently train­ing with the se­nior squad and there are a lot of good, younger boys com­ing through the sys­tem as well.

“I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting stuck in here.”

Phillips, who will con­tinue as head coach of the Quins, will work along­side Richard Kelly, Paul Fisher and devel­op­ment path­way manager Kevin Ge­orge in bring­ing through the next gen­er­a­tion of Scar­lets stars.

“It is great for us to be able to ap­point some­one of Emyr’s cal­i­bre,” said Ge­orge.

“We had 50 ap­pli­cants for the post and Emyr came through a rig­or­ous re­cruit­ment process.

“He was one of the lead­ers of the Scar­lets’ se­nior group be­fore he re­tired, al­ways gave 100% to the cause and he is the type of char­ac­ter we want around here to help the young play­ers in the next phase of their rugby ca­reers.”

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