Ganbatte ne! to Emyr in Japan
By Bryan Weaver | 22/05/2013
Robin McBryde, Head Coach for the Wales tour to Japan, has reduced his initial training squad down to a 27-man touring party and included is Llandovery favourite Emyr Phillips.
So it’s Omedetou! Llongyfarchiadau! and Congratulations! to Emyr from Church Bank, and Ganbatte ne! Pob lwc! and Good luck! for gaining your first Wales cap.
Emyr came up though the Drovers’ ranks from mini rugby onwards, playing his first game for the senior team at age 18. Since then he’s made well over 100 appearances for the Club.
He has now played over 70 times for the Scarlets since he was promoted to the Regional team during 2008/9. Two months ago he signed a further three-year contract for the Region.
The full Wales Squad is:
Forwards: Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Rhys Gill (Saracens), Emyr Phillips (Scarlets), Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Scott Andrews (Blues), Craig Mitchell (Exeter Chiefs), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Blues), Lou Reed (Blues), Andrew Coombs (Dragons), James King (Ospreys), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Rob McCusker (Scarlets), Andries Pretorius (Blues).
Backs: Lloyd Williams (Blues), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Patchell (Blues), Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Owen Williams (Blues), Jonathan Spratt (Ospreys), Dafydd Howells (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Harry Robinson (Blues), Tom Prydie (Dragons), Steven Shingler (London Irish).
PS. If Emyr gets at all homesick he can always reminisce on Church Bank and Parc Y Scarlets with fellow squad members Rhodri Jones - who also began his rise through the ranks at Llandovery - and Rob McCusker and Lou Reed, who both played for Llandovery in 2008/9.
Llandovery 26 – 28 Esher
In the first ever meeting between the two clubs, it was Esher who took the honours at Church Bank with a try and winning conversion right at the very death.
Drover reps in Scarlets v Scarlets Prem
On the same day that Llandovery hosted Esher in a pre-season game Church Bank was also the venue for the Scarlets to outplay a Scarlets Premiership Select 82-12 in a 14 try romp.
Pictures added from Esher game
Pictures have been added to the website from the pre-season game v Esher on 12 August, courtesy of Riley Sports Photography.
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Esher game plus Scarlets game on Saturday
Saturday sees two pre-season games at Church Bank, firstly Llandovery v Esher at 130pm, then Scarlets v a Regional Premiership team at 4pm