Scarlets sign South African prop Pieter Scholtz

Rob Lloyd News

Scarlets have added South African tight-head prop Pieter Scholtz to their front-row resources for this season.

Scholtz had been playing for the Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14, while the 26-year-old has also had spells with Currie Cup sides the Pumas and Lions during his professional career in South Africa.

With Samson Lee on international duty and Alex Jeffries recovering from surgery on an elbow issue, Scarlets have moved to strengthen their options in the No. 3 jersey.

Scholtz is due to arrive at Parc y Scarlets next week and will be available for action later this month once he has undergone the necessary Covid-19 protocols.

Scarlets head coach Glenn Delaney said: “At the moment Javan Sebastian and Werner Kruger are doing a fine job for us, while young Harri O’Connor has shown a huge amount of promise, but It is an area we felt we needed to strengthen. We have been watching Pieter for a while, he is a strong scrummager and has a lot of experience playing in South African rugby. We look forward to welcoming him to the Scarlets.”