Josh becomes latest Test Scarlet as Vaea stars for Tonga

Rob LloydNewyddion

Josh Macleod became the 247th player to represent the Scarlets on the international stage when he made his debut in Wales’ shock 13-12 defeat to Georgia at the Principality Stadium.

After overcoming a couple of cruel injury setbacks over the last couple of years, Macleod finally realised his dream by stepping out for his Test bow in front of a crowd of 62,000 in Cardiff.

Macleod picked up a couple of trademark turnovers during the 52 minutes he was on the field; Ken Owens put in another big shift at hooker, while Sam Costelow, Leigh Halfpenny – making his return from injury – and new signing Sam Wainwright also came on as second-half replacements.

Meanwhile, in Bucharest, Vaea Fifita produced a superb solo score for Tonga, who completed their unbeaten northern hemisphere tour with a 43-19 win over Uruguay. Fifita stepped and fended his way past a number of defenders for one of seven Tonga tries. He now links up with the Scarlets squad in Cape Town ahead of the resumption of URC action.