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Scarlets sign Wales international Sam Wainwright

By Kim Ekin
Wales' flanker Jac Morgan (L) and Wales' prop Sam Wainwright celebrate the victory of their team at the end of the Autumn International rugby union friendly match between Wales and Argentina at Principalty Stadium in Cardiff, South Wales on November 12, 2022. - Wales won 20-13 over Argentina. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

Scarlets have confirmed that they have signed Wales international prop Sam Wainwright from Saracens for the remainder of the 2022-23 season

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The 24-year-old is currently part of Wales’s Autumn Nations squad and will arrive at Parc y Scarlets at the end of the Test window.

Wainwright came off the bench in the victory over Argentina last weekend. The tighthead is set to win his fourth cap when Wales face Georgia at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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Sam Wainwright said: “I’m really excited to be moving back to play my rugby in Wales and I’m really grateful for the opportunity Dwayne and everyone at Scarlets has given me to do this.

“This is a great club with a proud history. I’m looking forward to joining up and meeting all my new team-mates after I’ve finished the autumn campaign with Wales. I can’t wait to get stuck in and get to know everyone. Me and all my family are extremely excited and proud to be a part of such a great club.”

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “We are delighted to bring in Sam as part of a pool of talented young front-rowers at the club.

“With Samson (Lee) still recovering from a long-term Achilles injury, Sam will provide an extra option on the tight-head side as well as bringing his recent international experience with Wales.”

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Scarlets General Manager of Rugby Jon Daniels said: “Sam is a player who has worked hard to achieve what he has in his career so far and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Parc y Scarlets following the conclusion of Wales’ autumn campaign.”

Hailing from Prestatyn in North Wales, Wainwright came through the ranks at Rhyl RFC before playing for RGC 1404 in the Welsh Premiership where he earned a Wales U20s call-up. He was picked up by Saracens, making his Gallagher Premiership bow in 2019, and this summer he received a call-up to Wales’ touring squad in South Africa, where he made his Test debut in the historic win over the Springboks in Bloemfontein.

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