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McBryde relishing Scarlets chance

Robin McBryde will split his time between Wales and the Scarlets after being named as the Welsh region's new forwards coach.

McBryde will continue to work with Wales during the November internationals, the RBS 6 Nations and the build-up to next autumn's World Cup. But the remainder of his time will be spent working with Nigel Davies at the Scarlets.

"I am very grateful for this opportunity and to have more of a hands-on role when I'm not involved with Wales. It gives me a great opportunity to take a step forward in my career," said McBryde.

"I haven't coached at senior regional level and it will present me with different demands and challenges. I'm here to bring as much as I can, but equally to learn.

"There's lots of potential here - it is a young-ish side and as yet we don't know how far it can go. But what we have to do as coaches is make sure these players fulfil their potential and I'm looking forward to working with them."

McBryde remains an employee of the Welsh Rugby Union and his secondment to the Scarlets has the backing of all four regions.

The arrangement is similar to Shaun Edwards' dual role with Wales and Aviva Premiership club Wasps.

McBryde made 250 appearances for Llanelli and the Scarlets during an 11-year career and won 37 caps for Wales before retiring in 2005.

Davies worked alongside McBryde in the Wales set-up in 2006 and 2007 and he said: "Robin brings a wealth of experience from international rugby.

"It's at the top end of the game where you get challenged the most and his recent experience of the big games, when you have to push the boundaries, will be great for us to draw from and for the players to have exposure to."


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