Gareth Williams joins Scarlets as new defence coach

Gareth Williams was recently part of the Wales backroom staff
Gareth Williams was recently part of the Wales backroom staff
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Scarlets have announced that Gareth Williams will be joining the Welsh province as the new defence coach ahead of the 2022/23 season.

A former Scarlets player having featured for them in 37 games between 2000 and 2004 will succeed Hugh Hogan, who will leave the club after one season.

The 40-year-old had previously been the head coach of Wales 7s and Wales U20 and has been involved with Wales national team since the Autumn Nations Cup in 2020 before taking over the role full time in June 2021.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the Scarlets future. There’s been a natural association throughout my career and a natural crossover of work with the Scarlets in my roles across the 7s, 20s and senior squad, as well as working regularly with the transition players over the last few years," said Williams to the club's official website.

“Being able to work with Dwayne, Ben and Emyr as coaches, as well as the wider management team, towards the future is hugely exciting.

“I’m incredibly proud to have been able to work with the men’s national team over the past two years. It is such a great group of talented and hard-working players and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

"I’d like to thank Wayne, the other coaches and staff for all their support during my time with the squad.”