QUINS BOOSTED BY PROP STARS

Llanelli Star - - RUGBY/HORSE RACING -

CAR­MARTHEN Quins have boosted their for­ward unit with the cap­ture of two highly-rated props.

Tight­head Ben Le­ung and loose­head Oliver Evans have both made the close-sea­son move to The Park.

And in what has been a busy few days for the Quins on the trans­fer front, they have also added full­back Geraint Llewellyn to their ranks.

He makes the move from Tata Steel.

Le­ung has agreed a deal with the Quins af­ter a spell in France play­ing for Berg­erac in Fed­eral Di­vi­sion One.

The 18 stone 25-year-old, a renowned scrum­mager, has been capped by Wales Un­der-20s. He has also fea­tured for the Scar­lets and in the Premier­ship for Llanelli and Cardiff.

He said: “I am look­ing for­ward to the challenge of the new Indigo Premier­ship with the Quins.

“When the Quins made con­tact with me when I was in France, they had a vision of where they want to be and it was a great chance to link up with head coach Emyr Phillips. I bought in very quickly.”

Evans, the brother of Scar­lets and Wales loose­head Rob Evans, has made the move from Brid­gend.

The 24-year-old has also had spells with the Os­preys and Nar­berth.

He said: “When the Quins made con­tact with me and talked through their plans, to­gether with the op­por­tu­nity to be closer to my West Wales roots, it was too good an op­por­tu­nity to let go.

“The boys have made me feel re­ally welcome and I can’t wait to get into ac­tion.”

Phillips, who has been pro­moted to the role of de­vel­op­ment skills coach with the Scar­lets, has moved for Llewellyn as he looks to add a fresh cut­ting edge to his back di­vi­sion.

Llewellyn is re­garded as some­thing of a sev­ens spe­cial­ist, while he also of­fers op­tions out wide with his abil­ity to play on the wing.

He spent last sea­son with Tata in the WRU Cham­pi­onship but has ex­pe­ri­ence of the Premier­ship with both Cardiff and Neath.

He said: “I am re­ally ex­cited to be link­ing up with the Quins.

“I have played against the Quins the last two years for Tata and the brand of rugby they play and their pro­fes­sion­al­ism re­ally turned my head.

“Now the hard work starts, but I can’t wait to get started.”

The trio fol­low Morgan Grif­fiths in sign­ing for the Quins this sum­mer.

The cen­tre has re­turned to the club where he spent five pro­duc­tive sea­sons fol­low­ing an in­jury-hit cam­paign with Cardiff.

Ben Le­ung in ac­tion for Llanelli against Car­marthen Quins.

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