Scarlets sign scrum-half Efan Jones from RGC

Rob Lloyd News

Efan Jones, one of the leading scrum-halves in the Indigo Premiership, has become the latest addition to the Scarlets squad ahead of the 2023-24 season.

The 25-year-old, who has played a starring role for RGC in recent seasons, has been part of the training group at Parc y Scarlets this week.

Jones joins an exciting group of nines that includes Wales internationals Gareth Davies and Kieran Hardy, as well as Archie Hughes, who is currently part of the Wales U20s squad preparing for the World Championships in South Africa.

Jones has just enjoyed an outstanding campaign for RGC, scoring 11 tries and collecting the coaches’ and supporters’ player-of-the-season awards.

A former Wales U18s cap, he has had experience training with the senior squad at Parc y Scarlets and scored a hat-trick of tries for Scarlets A in a Celtic Cup match against Ulster at Llandovery four years ago.

Scarlets Head Coach Dwayne Peel said: “Efan is an exciting player who is coming off a superb season with RGC in the Premiership and deserves his opportunity at this level. He will add to a talented pool of nines that we have at the club.”

Speaking during his first week of pre-season, Efan Jones said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me at the Scarlets and the welcome I have had from players, coaches and staff this week has been brilliant. 

“Playing professional rugby has always been my ambition and the chance to develop my game, learning from a Wales and Lions scrum-half in Dwayne, as well as the other coaches here, is huge for me.

“Playing at Parc y Scarlets for RGC was always a highlight. For me, it’s about working hard in pre-season and pushing for a chance to play in front of the fans in a Scarlets jersey. I’d also like to thank the coaches, players and supporters of RGC and wish them well for the new season.”

Jones becomes the latest new signing for the 2023-24 season, following Ioan Lloyd, Tomi Lewis, Alex Craig, Teddy Leatherbarrow and Charlie Titcombe.

Age: 25

Position: Scrum-half

Height: 177cm

Weight: 85kg

International honours: Wales U18s

Previous clubs: Rhos RFC, Wrexham RFC, RGC