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Blade Thomson signs new Scarlets contract

BLADE THOMSON has signed a new contract to stay at Parc y Scarlets.

The versatile back-rower, capped 10 times by Scotland, arrived in Llanelli from Super Rugby side the Hurricanes in 2018.

He has made 31 appearances, earning himself an international call-up to Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad.

Blade appeared for the Scots at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and has delivered some impressive displays in a Scarlets jersey this season.

“It is fantastic that Blade has signed a new deal with the Scarlets,” said head coach Glenn Delaney.

“Blade is a real athlete, a player who can produce game-changing moments as he showed in our derby win over the Ospreys over Christmas.

“He has proven himself at international level, is a player who has a lot of experience in Super Rugby and has grown into an important and influential member of our squad”

Commenting on the new deal, Blade, 30, said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract with the Scarlets.

“Ever since myself and my family have arrived here, we have been made to feel welcome by everyone at the Scarlets, team-mates, staff and supporters.

“It has been a tough season for a number of reasons, but there is a huge amount of quality in the squad – experienced internationals and talented young players who have stepped up and made their mark.

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“I am excited by what this group can produce in the coming years.”

Blade becomes the latest international to have re-signed for the Scarlets, following Wyn Jones, Aaron Shingler and Ryan Elias.

Highly-rated youngsters Carwyn Tuipulotu and Morgan Jones have also agreed new deals, along with prop Javan Sebastian.

Further renewals will be announced in the coming weeks.