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Scarlets flanker James Davies signs contract extension

Flanker James Davies has signed a new regional contract with the Scarlets.

The 25-year-old will link up with brother Jonathan Davies when the Wales and Lions centre returns to Llanelli next season.

James Davies has sustained the fine form of his breakthrough campaign in his second term with the Scarlets to earn his new deal.

"We're very pleased to see James extend his contract and remain here at the Scarlets for at least another two seasons," head coach Wayne Pivac said.

"Statistically he's our top tackler, he's top of the breakdown list and he tops the chart with most carries; he's a very valuable player for us.

"We're obviously disappointed to be without him on the field for the next few months as he recovers from his foot injury, but he'll no doubt make a return hungrier than ever for those all-important final few months of the season."

Davies had few hesitations in finalising his new deal, especially with his older sibling en route back to the club after his stint with Clermont.

"I'm delighted to have signed an extension to my contract with the Scarlets," Davies said.

"I'm looking forward to continuing my development to play with my mates again for the next couple of years. It will also be a great honour to play alongside Jon at the club."

Davies' new deal sees him follow the likes of captain Ken Owens in committing his future to the Scarlets, with Jake Ball, Samson Lee, John Barclay and Liam Williams also among that nucleus.

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