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Welsh flanker commits future to Scarlets

Scarlets back-row Aaron Shingler

Wales flanker Aaron Shingler has signed a new long-term contract with Scarlets.

Shingler made his debut for the region in the 2008/09 season and has gone on to play 170 times, winning the Pro12 title in May.

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The 30-year-old back-row, capped 13 times by his country, has now agreed to extend his stay at the Llanelli-based club.

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said: “Aaron is an all rounder; not only his work ethic at training and the values that he brings but he’s also a great player and a pleasure to coach.

“He’s worked very hard at his game and has become a real leader in the group over the last 12-18 months, particularly when the internationals were away last season.

“He was a big part of the championship win last season and his hard work and diligence has paid dividends winning reselection to the Wales squad.”

Shingler said: “I’m very happy to have signed a long-term deal with the Scarlets. I’m in my tenth season at the region and really enjoy playing my rugby here.

“Winning the league with this group of people was a special moment last season but we want to continue to build and develop which will lead to us hopefully winning more silverware.”

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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