In a marked break from tradition, the West Wales region appointed the Ireland flanker to lead the side in their defence of their Celtic League crown.
His captaincy began well, as he steered his side to a 26-15 win at the Borders in front of nearly 2,000 fans. Easterby celebrated his appointment with a try in the second half.
Simon Easterby says he feels like an adopted Welshman after becoming the first foreigner to captain Llanelli in the club's 132-year history.
In a marked break from tradition, the West Wales region appointed the Ireland flanker to lead the defence of their Celtic League title that began with a 26-15 win at the Borders on Friday night in front of nearly 2,000 fans. Easterby celebrated his appointment with a try in the second half.
But Easterby insists he can carry the weight of responsibility on his broad shoulders after more than five years at Stradey Park.
'People have already commented that non-Welshman never captain the Scarlets but I think I've been here long enough to realise what the club means to the town,' he said.
'Day to day life revolves around the fortunes of the team because there's such a passion for the club.
'I've lived in the town and I've seen how the result on a Saturday effects everyone here. If you do badly people tell you what they think, but when you win, then you can't walk more than ten yards without someone patting you on the back.
'So it's a great honour to lead a side with such tradition based on the success of past years and I plan to lead by example. I'm not a ranter in the changing room.
'Luckily I've got a lot of experienced guys around me in the likes of Scott Quinnell, Robin McBryde and Mark Taylor so that will make life a lot easier."
'Everyone here gets huge enjoyment from playing here, no one is bigger or better than the club. There are still guys like Ray Gravelle and Gareth Jenkins involved because there's such passion for the club. If you can't feed off that then you may as well give up.'
English-born Rupert Moon captained Llanelli but went on to play 24 times for Wales.