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."
Robin McBryde and son Billy are set to represent Wales on either side of the globe over the coming weeks with Robin travelling to New Zealand as Wales assistant coach and Billy competing at the World Rugby U20 Championship (Manchester, June 7-25). WRU TV caught up with the pair and captured a unique perspective into the factors that produce such a high-achieving rugby family.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
Forwards coach Robyn McBryde says tomorrow's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy gives Wales an opportunity to finish second in the tournament after having the wind knocked from their sails last week against England.
Wales Under 20 made history as they delivered a first junior Six Nations Grand Slam since 2005 as they overcame a nervous first-half to finally put Italy to the sword at Parc Eirias and emerge with a 35-6 victory.