Six into two won’t go – so how does Mooar juggle his wing options next term?
IF Tom James thought breaking into the Cardiff Blues team was hard, he has just stepped into an arguably tougher challenge.
At the Arms Park last season he had to face the twin threat of Aled Summerhill and Owen Lane. And now the Blues have added Wales men Hallam Amos and Josh Adams to their ranks.
But it will be no easier to force his way into the starting XV at Parc y Scarlets.
Here we look at the options facing new head coach Brad Mooar.
Hard to see how he doesn’t make a first-choice Scarlets team. A revelation since his arrival from Super Rugby side Canterbury Crusaders in 2016.
The Kiwi is a brilliant brokenfield runner and a threat whenever he receives the ball. Also has an appetite for work and regularly pops up in midfield if a chance arises. A key cog in the machine as the Scarlets clinched the PRO12 title in 2017.
Has signed a new deal with the Scarlets, so will soon qualify for Wales on residency grounds.
Could be a surprise package in the coming season. Has so far played most of his rugby for Llanelli at Premiership level, but has starred on the international stage for Wales Under-20s and is surely ready to be unleashed on top-level defences sooner rather than later.
He is also being tipped for a breakthrough year by the England coach who has done his best to stop him starring on the international stage.
Richard Whiffin is part of the new-look Scarlets backroom team after being England’s attack coach at the Junior World Championships.
He said: “He’s very fast, a great finisher and he’s also very strong in the contact area. He is going to have a lot of competition, but he’s a player who could really make his mark next season.”
Has maybe gone under the radar, but is highly thought of at the West
The Wales Under-20s graduate was a regular in an internationalquality back division last season, scoring seven tries in the process. His form also kept Wales star Steffan Evans on the sidelines for large parts of the season.
And the Pontyberem product was rewarded with a new contract in May.
Can also play in the centre, but his natural pace will give Mooar options out wide.
At his best he is a wing of true international quality. His challenge now is to rediscover his peak form in new surroundings.
The 32-year-old has won 12 caps during a golden period for the national side and his strong running is a powerful weapon.
Has experience on his side and his spell in the English Premiership with Exeter Chiefs is no bad thing.
Endured a miserable 2018-19, losing not only his place in the Wales team, but in the Scarlets side as well.
His superb form at the start of the previous season had pushed him to the forefront of Warren Gatland’s thoughts, but Wayne Pivac began to express doubts about his defence last term and he found himself looking to regain his best in the semi-professional arena.
Still a brilliant talent and is currently part of the Wales World Cup training squad.
Seems to have been around for ever, despite being aged just 27.
Wales’s youngest ever cap — he featured against Italy in 2010 aged just 17 — began last term as a fixture in the Scarlets side and he featured regularly during the autumn internationals and Six Nations.
Ended the campaign helping Llanelli avoid relegation from the Premiership by playing in their play-off decider against Pontypool.
Evidently has the backing of the new coaching regime as he has penned a new contract.
Steff Evans celebrates scoring a try with Johnny McNicholl.