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Scarlets sign an ex-England U20s colleague of Johnny Williams

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Scarlets have added to their pool of scrum-half resources with the signing of Will Homer. The 24-year-old is a former England U20s international who spent four years at Gallagher Premiership side Bath and two seasons in the English Championship with Jersey Reds.

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He will battle it out with Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy and Dane Blacker for the No9 jersey at Parc y Scarlets. Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney said: “Will is a highly-rated scrum-half with pace and a real eye for the gap. He will add another option to an exciting group of nines we already have here.

“There is going to be a lot of international rugby in the coming season and we expect Gareth to be away for long periods so it is important we have options in all positions. It has been great to have Will here with us and he has settled in well to the group.”

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Homer represented England at U18s and U20s level where he played in the same side as new Scarlets centre Johnny Williams. “I’m delighted to have this opportunity with Scarlets,” he said. 

“I was looking for a new challenge after enjoying my time at Jersey and when Scarlets got in touch I jumped at the chance. There is a huge amount of quality here at scrum-half and I’m looking forward to challenging for the shirt.”

Scarlets restarted their delayed 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 campaign last Saturday with a comprehensive 32-12 Parc Y Scarlets win over Cardiff and they now visit Dragons next Saturday in their final regulation-game of the shortened season ahead of their September 19 Challenge Cup quarter-final trip to Toulon.  

They still retain an outside chance of PRO14 semi-final qualification, knowing a win at Rodney Parade and defeat for second-place Munster versus Connacht can reverse the current placings. 

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Rodda will be a walk up starter at lock. Frost if you analyse his dominance has little impact and he’s a long way from being physical enough, especially when you compare to Rodda and the work he does. He was quite poor at the World Cup in his lack of physicality. Between Rodda and Skelton we would have locks who can dominate the breakdown and in contact. Frost is maybe next but Schmidt might go for a more physical lock who does their core work better like Ryan or LSL. Swain is no chance unless there’s a load of injuries. Pollard hasn’t got the scrum ability yet to be considered. Nasser dominated him when they went toe to toe and really showed him up. Picking Skelton effects who can play 6 and 8. Ideally Valetini would play 6 as that’s his best position and Wilson at 8 but that’s not ideal for lineout success. Cale isn’t physical enough yet in contact and defence but is the best backrow lineout jumper followed by Wright, Hanigan and Swinton so unfortunately Valetini probably will start at 8 with Wright or Hanigan at 6. Wilson on the bench, he’s got too much quality not to be in the squad. Paisami is leading the way at 12 but Hamish Stewart is playing extremely well also and his ball carrying has improved significantly. Beale is also another option based on the weekend. Beale is class but he’s also the best communicator of any Australian backline player and that can’t be underestimated, he’ll be in the mix.

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