Simon Easterby is leaving the Scarlets to take up the role of forwards coach with Ireland. The west Wales region confirmed today that their former captain and coach will be allowed to leave his current position at the club to step back onto the international stage.
The Ospreys and Scarlets have both been handed difficult propositions in the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup following the pool draws for EPCR's new tournaments which took place today in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Pride may be the only thing at stake in Llanelli on Saturday but a domestic derby will ensure that the thoughts of both the Scarlets and Cardiff Blues are a million miles away from the summer break. (KO 6.30pm)