Scarlets

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Scarlets
Scarlets logo.svg
UnionWelsh Rugby Union
Nickname(s)The Turks
Founded2003; 20 years ago (2003)
LocationLlanelli, Wales
Ground(s)Parc y Scarlets (Capacity: 14,870)
ChairmanSimon Muderack
PresidentPhil Bennett
Coach(es)Dwayne Peel
Captain(s)Jonathan Davies
Most capsVernon Cooper (369)[1]
Top scorerStephen Jones (2,850)[1]
Most triesWayne Proctor (173)[1]
League(s)United Rugby Championship
2021–222nd, Welsh Shield
(10th overall)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.scarlets.wales
Rugby football current event.svg Current season

The Scarlets (Welsh: Y Scarlets) are one of the four professional Welsh rugby union teams and are based in Llanelli, Wales. Their home ground is the Parc y Scarlets stadium. They play in the United Rugby Championship and the European Rugby Champions Cup (which replaced the Heineken Cup from the 2014–15 season). The club was originally named the Llanelli Scarlets but was renamed at the start of the 2008–09 rugby season.[2]

The Llanelli Scarlets were founded in 2003, as one of the five (now four) regional teams created by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The Scarlets are affiliated with a number of semi-professional and amateur clubs throughout the area, including Welsh Premier Division sides Llanelli RFC, Carmarthen Quins RFC and Llandovery RFC. Through the 2007–08 season, they played most of their games at Stradey Park in Llanelli, but they have also played matches at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. The club's new stadium, Parc y Scarlets (English: Scarlets Park), was constructed in nearby Pemberton, and opened in November 2008.[3]

The Scarlets won the league twice: the initial 2003–04 Celtic League season, and the Pro12 in 2016–17, defeating Munster 46–22 in the 2017 Pro12 Grand Final.[4]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

A diagram showing the development pathways managed by Wales' professional clubs

In 2003, the WRU elected to reduce the top tier of Welsh professional rugby from nine clubs into five regions during the introduction of regional rugby union teams in Wales, attempting to mirror the successful formats in Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Initially, it was planned to have a region playing at Stradey Park, with players coming from Llanelli, Swansea and Neath.[5] This was then modified to have Llanelli and Swansea merging, while Neath joined with Bridgend. Llanelli were opposed to both plans and requested standalone status.[6] Eventually, Llanelli and Cardiff were allowed to remain independent.[7] The Llanelli Scarlets brand was officially launched on 7 July 2003.[8]

Despite always having been a 100% owned Llanelli RFC subsidiary, the Scarlets were originally conceived as representing the whole of West and North Wales. In the early seasons of Regional Rugby, the Scarlets played a small number of games in the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Whilst nominally continuing to be the Regional Franchisee for North Wales, the Scarlets presence there has withered.[9] As of 2018, the Scarlets consider their region to represent the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.[10] Following the Scarlets' short lived forays into North Wales, the vacuum has in effect been filled by RGC 1404, (formed in 2007, and like the original regional franchisees formed four years earlier a top down creation of the WRU) which has become something of an unofficial 'four and a halfth' region.

Llanelli RFC, which owns the Scarlets franchise continues as a Principality Premiership semi professional side, in the same way as Cardiff RFC, (the stand-alone owner of The Blues Franchise), and alongside other Scarlets feeder clubs Llandovery and Carmarthen Quinns.

2003–2014[edit]

Largely drawn from the very successful Llanelli RFC side of the preceding year, the Scarlets carried that success forward into their inaugural season. They reached the last eight of the 2003–04 Heineken Cup and finished the Celtic League season as champions by four points over Ulster. In the Heineken Cup, the Scarlets were drawn in Pool Four along with Northampton Saints, Agen and Border Reivers. The Scarlets won five of their six matches, losing only to Agen, and finished at the top of their pool before losing to French club Biarritz 27–10 in the quarter-final.

Scarlets players during a league match against Glasgow Warriors in 2006

The following season, however, was less successful. Plagued by injuries and retirements, as well as the transfer of influential fly-half Stephen Jones to Clermont, the Scarlets finished a disappointing fifth in the league. They were even less successful in the Heineken Cup, winning just two of their six pool games to finish third in the pool behind Northampton Saints and Toulouse. The salvation of their season came in reaching the final of the Celtic Cup, in which they lost 26–17 to Munster.

The Scarlets again failed to qualify from their Heineken Cup group in 2005–06 and finished sixth in the Celtic League. They did, however, find more success in the newly restructured Anglo-Welsh Cup. After finishing at the top of their pool, they defeated Bath by one point in the semi-finals to reach the final against London Wasps at Twickenham; missing several international players, they lost 26–10. In the Heineken Cup, it was a similar story to the previous season, with the Scarlets winning two of their six fixtures to finish third in the pool again, behind Toulouse and Wasps. Despite finishing sixth in the Celtic League, the team qualified for the Heineken Cup for the 2006–07 season as the second-best-placed Welsh team in the league. They also re-signed Stephen Jones and full-back Barry Davies extended his contract to stay with the Scarlets. The Scarlets' Director of Rugby, Gareth Jenkins, had been appointed as Wales' national team coach, having been with the region since its inception. Phil Davies, then coach of Leeds Tykes, replaced Jenkins at the Scarlets.[11]

At the first home game of the 2006–07 season, an information sheet was handed out to supporters with details of the club's financial situation. There was opposition by local residents to plans by the Scarlets to move to a new stadium and sell their current ground for housing development. The information sheet stated that, due to delays caused by the opposition and benefactors pulling out of the club, it was "extremely unlikely that [the Llanelli Scarlets] could survive to the end of the present season unless other financial assistance is found", which would result in "the loss, probably for all time, of professional rugby in West Wales." Local residents believed, however, that the infrastructure, such as roads and schools, will not cope with 450 new houses being built on the site. On 28 November 2006, the regions secured investment from Tim Griffiths, a London-based businessman.[12]

Scarlets players contest a line-out in a match against Benetton Treviso in 2013

In the 2006–07 Heineken Cup, the Scarlets recorded one of the most famous victories in their brief history as a region, defeating Toulouse 41–34 away, despite twice trailing by 21 points. This was an unexpected victory, despite the Scarlets having won their first three games of the 2006–07 competition. They later secured their place in the Heineken Cup quarter-final with a convincing 35–11 win over Ulster at Ravenhill. The Scarlets went on to become only the fifth team in the history of the competition to win all their pool matches. They beat current holders Munster 24–15 at Stradey Park in the quarter-finals, but were beaten 33–17 in the semis by a strong Leicester side, putting an end to their hopes of making it 'third time lucky' in Heineken Cup semi-finals. On 30 April 2008, Phil Davies was controversially sacked as the Scarlets' head coach. The reasons for his departure remain unclear, but it is believed that he found out via the media before being informed by club chairman Stuart Gallacher.

The Scarlets moved from Stradey Park at the end of November 2008 to a new ground at Pemberton called Parc y Scarlets. The final Scarlets match played at Stradey Park was on 24 October 2008, against Bristol in the group stage of the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The Scarlets won 27–0 in front of a capacity crowd, which included former Llanelli captains such as Delme Thomas and Phil Bennett.[13]

The Scarlets' first match at their new home was an 18–16 Celtic League defeat to Munster on 28 November 2008.[14] Their first Heineken Cup match at Parc y Scarlets was held on 12 December against Ulster which ended in a 16–16 draw.[15] Both matches were held with reduced capacity, as law requires that a new stadium hold three events at reduced capacity before it is authorised for its full capacity. The official opening ceremony was on 31 January 2009 when the Scarlets faced the Barbarians.

In 2008, head coach Phil Davies was replaced by Nigel Davies after a sixth-place finish in the Celtic League and an end of season slump.[16]

Nigel Davies departed the club in 2012, and was replaced by defence coach and longtime Scarlets player, Simon Easterby.[17]

2014–2019: the Wayne Pivac years[edit]

In May 2014, it was confirmed that the four Welsh regions would compete in the annual Premiership Sevens Series after a three-year deal was agreed with BT Sport.[18]

After the 2013–14 season, the Scarlets had numerous changes in coaching staff. Forwards coach Danny Wilson departed for Bristol Rugby, while Byron Hayward joined as a defense coach. Wayne Pivac was hired as an assistance coach, but selected as head coach when Simon Easterby left the position to become forwards coach with Ireland.[19]

Under Pivac, the Scarlets' performances did not immediately turn around. Centre Jonathan Davies left for Clermont ahead of the 2014–15 season, but Hadleigh Parkes was signed from Auckland, and reunited with former coach Pivac. Mid-table finishes continued for the next two seasons. Mark Jones departed in 2015, replaced by long time Scarlets outside half and London Wasps attack coach Stephen Jones.[20]

Ahead of 2016, Tadhg Beirne joined the side. The Irish forward arrived from Leinster, and capable of playing at lock and in the back row, and proved to be an influential player in the pack. Recruitment was further bolstered with Crusaders back Johnny McNicholl and the return of Jonathan Davies from France. Outside half Rhys Patchell was signed from Cardiff Blues, with Steven Shingler moving in the opposite direction. The season started poorly, with the Scarlets losing their first three matches. Improvements throughout the season saw the Scarlets finish in 3rd place on the table, qualifying for the play-offs. The Scarlets beat Leinster away at the RDS Stadium, 27–15, despite winger Steff Evans being sent off in the first half.[21] The Scarlets beat Munster in the final with an emphatic 46–22 win.[22] This was the Scarlets second title, their first having come in 2004 during the first Celtic League season.

The Scarlets looked to maintain their title the following season in the inaugural Pro14 tournament. Leigh Halfpenny joined from Toulon, replacing outgoing fullback Liam Williams. They topped their pool in the Champions Cup, and defeated La Rochelle in the quarter final, 29–17.[23] The Scarlets fell short of the final, losing to eventual winners Leinster in their semi-final.[24]

They again reached the final in the league, having defeated the Cheetahs and Glasgow in the knock out rounds, but came up short against Leinster, losing 40–32 in the final despite a late flurry of tries and a hat-trick from Johnny McNicholl.[25]

Wayne Pivac was announced as the next Welsh head coach, taking over from Warren Gatland after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[26] With him left Stephen Jones and Byron Hayward, who joined Pivac on the Welsh coaching staff.

Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar was announced as the next head coach in December 2018.[27]

2019–present: Coaching changes[edit]

New coach Brad Mooar started the 2019 season well, winning five out of the first six matches, but left before settling in, having been selected by new All Blacks coach Ian Foster to join his staff as assistant coach. The Scarlets and New Zealand Rugby Union agreed to a release for Mooar, and his assistant coach Glenn Delaney was named as his successor.[28] Dwayne Peel was announced as head coach for the forthcoming season, with Delaney moving to a Director of Rugby role.[29] After a poor run of matches, Delaney was relieved of his duties as head coach and departed the club before assuming the role, with Dai Flanagan stepping in as caretaker head coach.[30]

Ahead of the 2021–22 United Rugby Championship, Leinster skills coach Hugh Hogan was brought in as defence coach.[31] Hogan departed after one season, being replaced by Wales assisant coach Gareth Williams.[32]

Few signings were made prior to the new season, with All Blacks utility forward Vaea Fifita the headline acquisition, while Liam Williams departed following his second spell with the club. Longtime prop Rob Evans followed Steff Hughes, and former Dragon Angus O'Brien to the newly renamed Dragons RFC, along with backs coach Dai Flanagan, who was named as their new head coach.[33]

Following their collapse in October 2022, Wasps head coach Lee Blackett joined as backs coach for the remainder of the season.[34] The season began poorly for the Scarlets, winning only one URC match prior to the international window. Wales prop Sam Wainwright joined midseason, with Samson Lee remaining sidelined with a long term injury. Upon regrouping, fortunes had changed, with the club winning both matches in the first two rounds of the 2022–23 EPCR Challenge Cup pool stages, putting themselves at the top of their pool.[35]

Name and colours[edit]

Scarlets logos
2003–2008
2008–

The Scarlets took their name from the nickname of Llanelli RFC, their main feeder club. Llanelli have played in red since 1884 when they played a game against a touring Ireland side.[36] This close link with Llanelli RFC has also led to the Scarlets adopting the scarlet red colour for their primary jerseys, with their secondary colours generally being blue.

The region was originally named the Llanelli Scarlets, but was renamed at the start of the 2008–09 rugby season to more accurately represent the area covered by the region.[2]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Period Kit providers
2003–2009 Kooga
2009–2010 Rhino
2010–2014 Burrda
2014–2017 Kooga
2017–2022 Macron
2022–present Castore

Stadium[edit]

Scarlets current home ground, Parc y Scarlets

From 2003 to the 2007–08 season, the Scarlets played most of their home matches at Llanelli's Stradey Park (also the home of Llanelli RFC). However, they have played several games in North Wales, at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground, to promote the region's geographical representation. The last league game played at the Racecourse Ground was in September 2005.[37] The 2006–07 season was planned to be the last season played at Stradey Park, which was subsequently to be demolished for the building of apartments. The Scarlets played every home game of the 2006–07 season at Stradey Park to commemorate the historic ground. They played their last game at Stradey Park on 24 October 2008 against Bristol, and their first game at Parc y Scarlets on 28 November 2008 against Munster.

The new home of the Scarlets and Llanelli RFC, known as Parc y Scarlets (English: Scarlets Park),[38] is in Pemberton. The new stadium cost £23 million to be constructed and holds 14,340 spectators.[39] The first game held at the stadium was Llanelli RFC versus Cardiff RFC held on 15 November 2008.[40] The stadium's main stand is located on the south side of the ground, and houses the new Scarlets museum and club shop, as well as a sports bar, the players' changing rooms and a players' gym. Stadium blueprints planned for the main stand to be about 20 metres (66 ft) tall. Outside the stadium there is a training barn for the players, as well as a training pitch and athletics track. The remainder of the site is taken up by the Parc Trostre retail park.[41]

Current squad[edit]

Scarlets squad[a]

Props

Hookers

Locks

Back row

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wings

Fullbacks

(c) denotes the team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped players, L denotes a player on loan at the club,
ST denotes a player on a short-term deal at the club,
* denotes players qualified to play for Wales on residency or dual nationality.
Players and their allocated positions from the Scarlets website.[42]
  1. ^ Taking into account signings and departures head of 2022–23 season as listed on List of 2022–23 United Rugby Championship transfers.

Academy squad[edit]

Scarlets Academy squad[a]

Props

Hookers

  • None currently named

Locks

  • Wales Caleb Salmon

Back row

Scrum-halves

  • Wales Harri Williams

Fly-halves

  • Wales Josh Phillips
  • Wales Tal Rees

Centres

  • Wales Iestyn Gwilliam
  • Wales Eddie James
  • Wales Macs Page

Wings

Fullbacks

  • None currently named
(c) denotes the team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped players.
* denotes players qualified to play for Wales on residency or dual nationality.
Players and their allocated positions from the Scarlets website.[43]
  1. ^ Taking into account signings and departures head of 2022–23 season as listed on List of 2022–23 United Rugby Championship transfers.

British & Irish Lions[edit]

The following players were selected for the British & Irish Lions touring squads while contracted to the Scarlets:

Stephen Jones was also selected for the 2005 Lions tour whilst playing for Clermont Auvergne. Former Scarlets Scott Quinnell, Robin McBryde and Dafydd James were also selected for the Lions on the 2001 tour to Australia while playing for Llanelli RFC.[44]

Notable former players[edit]

Players who have won over 20 international caps and have played for the Scarlets:

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Tenure
Wales Gareth Jenkins 2003–2006[45]
Wales Phil Davies 2006–2008[45]
Wales Nigel Davies 2008–2012[46]
Ireland Simon Easterby 2012–2014[46]
New Zealand Wayne Pivac 2014–2019[47]
New Zealand Brad Mooar 2019–2020[48]
New Zealand Glenn Delaney 2020–2021[49]
Wales Dai Flanagan (interim) 2021
Wales Dwayne Peel 2021–present[50]

Current backroom staff[edit]

Name Title
Wales Dwayne Peel Head coach
England Lee Blackett Backs and skills coach
Wales Gareth Williams Defence coach
New Zealand Ben Franks Forwards coach
Wales Rhys Jones Head of strength and conditioning
Australia Nigel Ashley-Jones Head of physical performance
Wales Matthew Rees Head physiotherapist
Wales Jo Perkins Physiotherapist
Wales Katherine Bester Physiotherapist
England Rowan O'Brien Analyst
Wales Ieuan Probert Analyst

Results and statistics[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Celtic League / Pro12 / Pro14 / United Rugby Championship[edit]

Season Position/Round Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2003–04 1st 22 16 1 5 10 76
2004–05 5th 20 9 0 11 10 46
2005–06 6th 22 10 1 9 7 57[a]
2006–07 4th 20 12 0 8 9 57
2007–08 6th 18 7 0 11 10 39
2008–09 5th 18 9 0 9 4 40
2009–10 9th 18 5 0 13 9 29
2010–11 5th 22 12 1 9 12 62
2011–12 5th 22 12 2 8 10 62
2012–13 4th 22 15 0 7 6 66
Semi-final Ulster 28–17 Scarlets
2013–14 6th 22 11 1 10 9 55
2014–15 6th 22 11 3 8 7 57
2015–16 5th 22 14 0 8 7 63
2016–17 3rd 22 17 0 5 9 77
Semi-final Leinster 15–27 Scarlets
Final Munster 22–46 Scarlets
2017–18 2nd, Conference B 21 14 1 6 12 70
Quarter-final Scarlets 46–8 Cheetahs
Semi-final Glasgow Warriors 13–28 Scarlets
Final Leinster 40–32 Scarlets
2018–19 4th, Conference B 21 10 0 11 12 52
7th, Champions Cup Playoff Ospreys 21–10 Scarlets
2019–20 3rd, Conference B 15[b] 10 0 5 7 47
2020–21 3rd, Conference B 16[c] 8 0 8 7 39
2021–22 10th 18 8 0 10 13 45

Celtic Cup[edit]

Season Round Match
2003–04 Quarter-final Llanelli Scarlets 12–14 Connacht
2004–05 Quarter-final Newport Gwent Dragons 19–49 Llanelli Scarlets
Semi-final Llanelli Scarlets 23–15 Neath-Swansea Ospreys
Final Munster 27–16 Llanelli Scarlets

Heineken Cup / European Champions Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2003–04 Pool 4 1st 6 5 0 1 3 23
Quarter-final Llanelli Scarlets 10–27 Biarritz Olympique
2004–05 Pool 3 3rd 6 2 0 4 5 13
2005–06 Pool 6 3rd 6 2 0 4 4 12
2006–07 Pool 5 1st 6 6 0 0 3 27
Quarter-final Llanelli Scarlets 24–15 Munster
Semi-final Leicester Tigers 33–17 Llanelli Scarlets
2007–08 Pool 5 4th 6 0 0 6 0 0
2008–09 Pool 4 4th 6 1 1 4 2 8
2009–10 Pool 6 2nd 6 4 0 2 1 17
2010–11 Pool 5 3rd 6 3 0 3 3 15
2011–12 Pool 1 2nd 6 3 0 3 3 15
2012–13 Pool 5 4th 6 0 0 6 2 2
2013–14 Pool 4 3rd 6 2 1 3 1 11
2014–15 Pool 3 4th 6 2 0 4 0 8
2015–16 Pool 3 4th 6 0 0 6 2 2
2016–17 Pool 3 3rd 6 2 1 3 1 11
2017–18 Pool 5 1st 6 4 0 2 5 21
Quarter-final Scarlets 29–17 La Rochelle
Semi-final Leinster 38–16 Scarlets
2018–19 Pool 4 3rd 6 1 0 5 3 7
2020–21 Pool A 5th 2[d] 2 0 0 1 9
Round of 16 Scarlets 14–57 Sale Sharks
2021–22 Pool B 12th 4 0 1 3 0 2

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2009–10 Quarter-final Toulon 38–12 Scarlets
2011–12 Quarter-final Brive 15–11 Scarlets
2019–20 Pool 2 2nd 6 4 0 2 3 19
Quarter-final Toulon 11–6 Scarlets

Anglo-Welsh Cup[edit]

Season Group/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2005–06 Group C 1st 3 3 0 0 0 12
Semi-final Llanelli Scarlets 27–26 Bath Rugby
Final London Wasps 26–10 Llanelli Scarlets
2006–07 Group C 3rd 3 1 0 2 1 5
2007–08 Group D 2nd 3 2 0 1 3 11
2008–09 Group D 2nd 3 2 0 1 0 8
2009–10 Pool 2 2nd 4 2 1 1 1 11
2010–11 Pool 3 3rd 4 2 0 2 1 9
2011–12 Pool 3 1st 4 3 0 1 3 15
Semi-final Northampton Saints 27–12 Llanelli Scarlets
2012–13 Pool 3 3rd 4 2 0 2 0 8
2013–14 Pool 4 3rd 4 2 0 2 0 8
2014–15 Pool 3 4th 4 1 0 3 1 5
2016–17 Pool 4 4th 4 1 0 3 1 5
2017–18 Pool 3 4th 4 0 0 4 1 1
  1. ^ 11 teams were involved in this season, so one team did not play each week and were awarded 4 points instead.
    Therefore, each team finished the season with 8 more points than the table would seem to warrant.
  2. ^ Only 15 rounds were played during the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[51]
  3. ^ Only 16 rounds were played during the 2020–21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, with the remaining matches replaced by the Pro14 Rainbow Cup competition.[52]
  4. ^ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, only 2 pool games were played during the 2020–21 season.
    The knockout stage commenced with a round of 16 consisting of the top 8 ranked teams from each pool.

Honours[edit]

ERC Elite Awards[edit]

For the 10th anniversary season of the Heineken Cup, ERC, the tournament organisers, introduced the ERC Elite Awards scheme to recognise and reward the players and teams who have made outstanding contributions to the tournament. The Scarlets were awarded the ERC team award for playing 50 games,[53] and Robin McBryde, John Davies, Dafydd James and Iestyn Thomas were recognised for having made 50 appearances in the competition.[54]

See also[edit]

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