The Welsh regions have had a tough time of it recently, but the Scarlets are bouncing back well and are looking strong for next season with this backline…
The Wales full back has firmly established himself on the international scene in recent years and has been an ever present for the Scarlets when fit. With the ability to break defensive lines, and an improving overall awareness, Williams is one of the best fullbacks in the Northern Hemisphere.
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The Canadian flyer was one of the stars of the 2015 Rugby World Cup scoring some seriously impressive tries along the way. Capable of also slotting in at 13, he offers fantastic versatility, a try scoring threat from anywhere on the pitch and is solid in defence.
It has been confirmed that the Welsh and British & Irish Lions centre will return to the Scarlets next season after his contract with Clermont finishes. Injuries kept him out of the World Cup, but there is no doubting that he is currently the best outside centre in Welsh rugby.
Another Welsh centre whose World Cup dream was cut short, Williams will be hoping to bounce back for the Scarlets. His form has been so good recently, that many are calling for him to get a start in the 12 shirt for Wales. Whatever the case, he is a fantastic inside centre.
This one is just speculation at this stage, but North’s contract at Northampton is up at the end of this season, and there is a growing rumour that he could be set for a return to his former Welsh region. If he can rediscover his early Wales form, he could be absolutely devastating once more.
The Scarlets confirmed the capture of Cardiff Blues young flyhalf recently, and will be excited to give him a chance to lead their backline. Patchell has had his game time hampered recently, but when given an extended run for the Blues he proved to be a fantastic prospect with a huge boot.
Davies was quickly propelled into the starting 9 shirt for Wales at the World Cup and did not disappoint. He now has the chance to establish himself for both Wales and the Scarlets, and could really continue to shine thanks in part to the exciting backline he will be supplying.