Tom Phillips appointed Llanelli captain

Llanelli RFC are delighted to announce that Tom Phillips will captain the club for the 2022-23 season.

The 26-year-old former Scarlets back-rower, who led Wales to an U20s Six Nations Grand Slam, has signed for Llanelli and will take over the reins for the forthcoming Indigo Premiership campaign.

Phillips played 30 games for the Scarlets, but suffered a serious knee injury at the start of last season. 

He joined the Scarlets Academy as a 16-year-old, and went on to captain Scarlets at all age-grade levels as well as Wales at U18s and U20s. He has also captained the Scarlets Development XV.

Tom said: “It was disappointing last season that a knee injury meant I wasn’t able to continue my playing career at the Scarlets, but I am looking forward to the challenge of captaining Llanelli.

“There is a huge amount of young talent in the town and region and a real desire here to improve the fortunes of the club over the coming years.”

Llanelli head coach Phil John said:  “It is great to see Tom continuing his playing career with Llanelli RFC. He captained Wales U20s to a Six Nations Grand Slam, has skippered the Scarlets’ Development side and is a player widely respected in the senior game.

“Having a player and leader of his quality as captain is a huge boost to Llanelli as the club looks to bounce back after a difficult couple of seasons.”

Llanelli will kick-off their Premiership campaign at home to old rivals Swansea on Saturday, September 3.