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Saturday 24 March 2018

Easterby has Scarlets vision

FORMER Ireland international Simon Easterby said he's relishing the challenge of leading Scarlets after being promoted to the role of head coach, having been defence coach for the last two years, writes RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

The blindside, who won 65 caps for Ireland between 2000 and 2008 and two for the Lions in 2005, played his club rugby in Llanelli.

The 36-year-old brother of Leinster manager Guy replaces Nigel Davies, who has taken over at Gloucester.

The Scarlets finished fifth in the Pro12 last season, narrowly missing out on the play-off places. Easterby will be assisted by newly appointed forwards coach Danny Wilson, backs coach Mark Jones and conditioning coach Brad Harrington.

"I've had lots of challenges in my life and this will be one of the biggest of my career," Easterby said.

"But I have always pushed myself hard and set myself high standards. Hopefully with the history I have here, we will move forward with real excitement while keeping that Scarlets culture in the heart of what we do."

Irish Independent

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