Lewis Rawlins, the versatile forward, has signed a new contract with the Scarlets. He has been on a full-time contract with the West Wales region for the last two seasons and has made close to eighty regional appearances.

The lock, who can also play at flanker, is joining Aaron Shingler, Ryan Elias, James Davies, Rhys Patchell, Wyn Jones and Dylan Evans by committing his future to the region.

Speaking after signing the contract Rawlins said, “I am really pleased to have signed a new deal and to be staying at the Scarlets. We’re still competing in both Guinness PRO14 and the Champions Cup at the moment and we’re keen to see that continue.”

He went on to say that he is grateful to the coaches for giving him the opportunities he has had so far while wearing the jersey and said “I’m looking forward to giving all I can to help the team and hopefully see us win more silverware in the future.”

The team’s head coach, Wayne Pivac, added, “He’s come through the development pathway here at the region and played a significant part in team’s success last season.”

Pivac described Rawlins as a “very valuable member of the squad” thanks to his ability to play second row and six. He said that the player is an “athlete” who shows no fear in open play and who “always puts his body on the line in both attack and defence.”

The reigning champions are currently top of Conference B in the Pro14 after their 12-9 win with fourteen men against the Ospreys on Boxing Day. They next face the Dragons on Friday in the Pro14 before taking on Bath the next week in the European Rugby Champoins Cup.