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Japan-based Max Douglas becomes Scarlets' fourth 2024/25 signing

By Liam Heagney
New Scarlets signing Max Douglas in action for Yokohama Canon Eagles (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

Scarlets have made forward Max Douglas, an Australian who has spent the last two years in Japan, their fourth new signing ahead of the 2024/25 season. The rebuilding Dwayne Peel had already confirmed the signings of prop Alec Hepburn, hooker Marnus van der Merwe, and full-back Ellis Mee.

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A statement read: “Scarlets are delighted to secure the signature of highly-rated Australian forward Max Douglas. The 24-year-old has just completed his second season with the Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan.

“Before his move to the Japanese top division, the 6ft 7in Douglas, who has played in the second row and back row, featured for the Waratahs in Super Rugby and the Manly club in Sydney. He will link up with the Scarlets in the summer.

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“Douglas is the Scarlets’ fourth signing to be announced ahead of the 2024/25 campaign with Exeter Chiefs prop Alec Hepburn, Toyota Cheetahs hooker Marnus van der Merwe, and Nottingham full-back Ellis Mee on their way to West Wales.

“Tongan second row Sam Lousi, Wales internationals Tom Rogers and Harri O’Connor, and back-rowers Dan Davis and Ben Williams have also signed new contracts with the club.”

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Scarlets head coach Peel said: “Max is a young, athletic second row who has experience in Super Rugby and more recently in Japan’s top division. He is comfortable with the ball hand, which suits how we are looking to play, and is excited about coming on board and being part of the Scarlets’ journey over the coming years.

“Max is another strong addition to our forward pack following the signings of Marnus van der Merwe and Alec Hepburn and we are looking forward to welcoming him here to Parc y Scarlets this summer.”

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Douglas added: “I’m really excited to be joining the Scarlets. This is a club with a strong history and I’m excited at the challenge of trying to contribute to that.

“I’m looking to bring over some of the experiences and learning I have gained from my time in Australia and Japan to hopefully add to what is a really strong playing group. I can’t wait to meet all the players and staff and get into our work.”

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