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Scarlets announce signing of former Australian 7s star

By Ian Cameron
Paul Asquith in action for the Western Sydney Rams

The Scarlets have announced the signing today of former Australian Sevens star Paul Asquith.

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The versatile Asquith can play across the backine and also at flyhalf and joins the Pro12 champions from National Rugby Championship side the Western Sydney Rams.

According to the Scarlets website, the 23-year-old will join up with his new side in July. Having captained the Rams in 2017 Asquith was leading point scorer during the 2016 regular season.

In a statement on the website the fleet footed utility back said: “I’m really looking forward to linking up with the Scarlets in a few weeks time. I believe that their style of play will suit my game and it will be beneficial for me to be able to develop my game alongside experienced players like British & Irish Lion Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams.

“I’ve heard great things about the club, the environment and West Wales from former Scarlet Jack (Payne) at the Rams and I can’t wait to get started with pre-season training in the coming weeks.”

Hailing from Wollongong, NSW, Asquith grew up playing for Kiama Rugby Club, alongside his father as three bothers – making the 90-kilometre drive each way from Jamberoo on the South coast to his training ground in Southern Districts several times a week.
The fullback collect a number of honours in 2015 including best back at the Western Sydney Rams in the National Rugby Championship and selection in the 2015 Australian Barbarians team.

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Asquith was released from his Australian Rugby Sevens contract in 2015 to pursue Rugby opportunities after earning nine World Series caps and scoring 76 points following his 7’s debut in Tokyo in March 2013.

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