Wales Under-20s flanker Dan Thomas has signed a five-year contract with the Scarlets
Wales Under-20s flanker Dan Thomas is aiming make his mark with the Scarlets after penning a five-year contract.
The farmer's son from Carmarthen made his Scarlets debut last season, as a replacement in the LV=Cup triumph over London Irish.
And the 18-year-old has been rewarded for his performances for Llanelli and Wales in the recent Junior World Championship with the new contract.
"It is great that I have been able to get this contract and hopefully I get a chance to show what I can do this season," said Thomas, who has represented Wales through all the age-grades.
"I know there is a lot of competition, but if I can look after my game, keep on learning, keep on improving, hopefully I can push hard for a place."
Thomas isn't your stereotypical modern-day forward in terms of size, but is a menace at the breakdown, sighting Australia's David Pocock and Michael Hooper as the players he watches most.
But Thomas' first full-time contract will mean he is more than kept busy between rugby and the family farm.
"I used to get up early, do a few hours in the morning before training in the afternoon and then get back on the farm
afterwards," added Thomas.
"Now I'm training full time I will have to do a bit more in the evenings, helping my dad with the milking, feeding, whatever I can do. It is something I really enjoy, it is nice to go back after training and chill out, and hopefully after rugby I can take over the farm."
Lions, Wales, SWALEC Finals Day, Rugby World Cup, Wales Sevens in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Dan Lydiate on his Lions selection, Wales coach Robin McBryde on the squad to tour Japan, WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis and First Minister Carwyn Jones welcome the news there will be eight 2015 Rugby World Cup games in Cardiff. We speak to all six clubs involved in SWALEC Finals Day, Neath, Pontypridd, Rhydfelin, Heol-y-Cyw, Wattstown and Fishguard and Goodwick. We also hear from Wales Sevens coach Paul John and scrum half Tavis Knoyle.
Re-live Wales England and look forward to Judgement Day on the Principality WRU Podcast. We hear from captain Gethin Jenkins, coach Rob Howley, Alex Cuthbert and Sam Warburton. Jonathan Davies and Rob Sidoli look back and forward to Judgement Day. We also speak to coach Rhys Edwards, along with Catrin Edwards, Jenny Davies and Elinor Snowsill as Wales Women qualify for the next World Cup, as well as assistant coach Richard Hodges and scrum half Rhodri Williams as Wales U20 narrowly miss out on a Grand Slam.
All the build up to the England game on the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from coach Rob Howley, captain Gethin Jenkins, as well as Ian Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts and Mike Phillips. We also hear from a star-studded line-up for the National Anthem, as well as Wales U20s preparing for their Grand Slam bid.
The Welsh Rugby Union will distribute 100,000 song sheets to fans ahead of the RBS 6 Nations decider at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The campaign was given impetus when a selection of Welsh artists re-enacted anthem time on the Millennium Stadium pitch.
Scrum half Laura Prosser looks ahead to Wales Women's crucial game against Scotland on Sunday in the RBS 6 Nations championship where Wales must win to stand any chance of automatic qualification for next year's World Cup.
Pontypridd claim the double for the first time in their history in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from captain Chris Dicomidis, assistant coach Paul John, man-of-the-match Simon Humberstone and Llanelli coach Kevin George. The Wales squad to tour Japan was announced, we speak to coach Robin McBryde and captain Bradley Davies. Justin Tipuric and Alex Cuthbert reflect on their Lions experiences, while Nigel Owens will become Wales's most capped referee this summer - we speak to him and the WRU's manager of match day officials Robert Yeman.
It is the last big showpiece of the Welsh rugby season in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We hear from Pontypridd coach Dale McIntosh, as well as players Adam Thomas and Rhys Shellard. We also speak to Llanelli coach Kevin George and players Kirby Myhil and Deon Thomas about the Principality Premiership Final. The Lions are in town, we speak to Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones and George North, as well as Elliott Dee from Wales U20.
We hear from Scarlets and Wales outside half Rhys Priestland on his return from injury in the Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We also speak to WRU president Dennis Gethin about a new picture of the Queen at the Millennium Stadium, while looking ahead to the Lions with George North, Alun Wyn Jones and Scott Quinnell.