Guinness PRO12: Rob Evans signs new Scarlets deal
Loosehead prop becomes the seventh player to commit future to the Welsh region weeks after making his international debut
Rob Evans has become the latest player to commit his future to the Scarlets.
The 22-year-old loosehead prop is the seventh player to sign a new deal to remain at the Parc y Scarlets following in the footsteps of team-mates Liam Williams and Ken Owens.
I’m looking forward to finishing what has been a great season so far on a high, helping the Scarlets secure our place in the top six and next season’s top flight of European rugby
Rob Evans on his breakout season with the Scarlets
Evans has been one of the Guinness PRO12’s standout looseheads in a breakout season that has seen him make 19 appearances in all competitions, including all six European Champions Cup matches.
His form for the Welsh region saw him make his senior Wales debut off the bench for injured Gethin Jenkins against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on 14 March, with his first start coming in a 61-20 thrashing of Italy in Rome on Super Saturday last weekend.
And the Haverfordwest rising star is targeting a top six finish in the PRO12 to guarantee another season in the Champions Cup.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to continue my development with the Scarlets, and I’m pleased to have signed a new deal to stay with the region,” Evans said.
“I’ve grown up supporting the Scarlets and am really enjoying my rugby with the region at the moment.
“I’m looking forward to finishing what has been a great season so far on a high, helping the Scarlets secure our place in the top six and next season’s top flight of European rugby.”
Evans joined the Scarlets at U18 level and developed his talent through the region’s academy and Principality Premiership club Carmarthen Quins, being named in the Premiership Team of the Year for 2012/13.
He has made great strides this season and will undoubtedly have developed further having had a little international experience.
Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac on Rob Evans
He was part of an all-Scarlets front row, with Kirby Myhill and Samson Lee, that helped Wales U20s to a third-place finish at the 2012 Junior World Championships in South Africa.
His regional debut came in January 2013 as a replacement against Sale Sharks in in the LV= Cup and he played as a ‘Possible’ in the Probables vs Possibles Wales trial that took place at the Liberty Stadium last summer ahead of the tour of South Africa.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac insists that Evans will have developed further this season after lining up against experienced opponents from Toulon, Leicester Tigers and Ulster in Europe.
“He has made great strides this season and will undoubtedly have developed further having had a little international experience, and coming up against some of the world’s best props during this season’s European Rugby Champions Cup campaign,” Pivac said.
“We are developing strength in depth at front row with a good crop of homegrown talent that will continue to develop together over the coming seasons ensuring a bright future for region.”
Pivac’s squad was also boosted last week as vice-captain Scott Williams became the fourth Scarlets player to sign a national dual contract after Rhodri Jones, Samson Lee and Jake Ball.
Next season will also see Canadian winger DTH van der Merwe join the Scarlets from Glasgow Warriors and outside-half Aled Thomas join from Gloucester Rugby.