Scarlets are deeply saddened to announce that Andy Hill, the leading try-scorer in the club’s history, has passed away at the age of 78.
The fleet-footed winger played 453 matches over 12 seasons for Llanelli RFC, amassing an incredible 2,604 points — a figure that has only ever been surpassed by Wales and British & Irish Lions fly-half Stephen Jones.
Hill possessed a booming place kick and his try-scoring prowess was phenomenal — his tally of 311 tries remains the highest by anyone to have worn the famous Scarlets jersey.
Born in Swansea, he made a try-scoring debut in a 25-3 win over Richmond at Stradey Park in 1967 and went to become an ever-present in the Llanelli side, twice playing 50 matches in a season. A Welsh Cup winner in 1973, 74 and 75, Hill was famously a member of the 1972 team that took the scalp of the touring All Blacks at Stradey, landing a penalty in that never-to-be-forgotten 9-3 triumph.
He represented Wales against a Welsh Presidents XV in 1970, but was never capped, despite his record-breaking feats for the Scarlets.
Everyone at the club sends our deepest condolences to Andy’s family and friends at this sad time.