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.

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