Scarlets sign Wales prop

Rhys Thomas to depart the Dragons at end of season

Last Updated: 26/03/09 2:50pm

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Thomas: change of region

Thomas: change of region

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Rhys Thomas will leave the Dragons and join the Scarlets at the end of the Magners League campaign.

"A major factor in my decision was Parc y Scarlets; it's a great stadium with superb training facilities on site. The indoor training centre on site is amazing."
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The Wales international prop, 26, has signed a three-year deal to make the switch after playing 119 games for the Dragons over the last six seasons.

"We're delighted to have signed Rhys," said Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies.

"He will add strength and skill to our pack as we prepare for a big season ahead.

"Importantly, he adds to our pool of Welsh talent and I know that his work rate and power will make him a favourite with Scarlets supporters.

"He's determined to progress as a Heineken Cup and international player so I think we can expect big things of him in 2009-10 and beyond."

Thomas commented: "It was a pretty easy decision to join the Scarlets; they're a region with a strong tradition of being successful and they have a group of talented players and coaches.

Superb facilities

"I'm friendly with a good few of the players having been in the Wales squad with them - we get along well.

"A major factor in my decision was Parc y Scarlets; it's a great stadium with superb training facilities on site. The indoor training centre on site is amazing.

"I've worked with Nigel Davies before, when he was part of the Wales set-up, and I'm greatly looking forward to working with him again on a daily basis.

"It's my aim to help get the Scarlets back into the later stages of the Heineken Cup and perhaps, to winning the Magners League. I think that being at the Scarlets will also help me push ahead with my international ambitions.

"Newport RFC, the Newport Gwent Dragons and the Rodney Parade crowds have been good to me; they've been a huge part of my life for eight years and I've had a great time there. I've played a lot of games there and have made a lot of friends. I wish them all the best for the future."

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