Sione Kalamafoni to leave Scarlets at end of the season

Rob LloydNews

Scarlets can confirm that No. 8 Sione Kalamafoni will be leaving the club at the end of the 2022-23 season to pursue an opportunity in France.

Signed from Leicester Tigers in 2020, the 34-year-old Tonga international has played 54 games for the Scarlets, scoring nine tries.

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “Sione has been an invaluable member of our squad, an outstanding player, professional and leader who has helped mentor our young players at the club. We are sad to see him leave, but we know he will play a big part in our push to climb the URC table and challenge for silverware in the Challenge Cup for the remainder of the season.”

Sione said: “Myself and my family have loved our time at the Scarlets over the last three seasons and it has been a tough decision to move on. There is a special group of fans here at the Scarlets and hopefully we can give them a strong finish to the season in the URC and the Challenge Cup.”

Scarlets General Manager of Rugby Jon Daniels said: “Sione is a quality player and human being and would be an asset to any squad. We are disappointed to lose him but fully respect his decision.”