Based in the rugby strong-hold of Llanelli, the Scarlets were formed in 2003 as part of a Welsh Rugby Union initiative to cope with the demands of professional rugby, which saw the country effectively broken up in to four separate areas, with each region represented by a professional club.
Playing in a home kit that is, as its name suggests, predominantly red/scarlet, the side plays out of the Parc y Scarlets (or Scarlets Park), which opened in late 2008. In their relatively short history the Scarlets have contributed a number of players to the British and Irish Lions, including Stephen Jones, Matthew Rees, Dwayne Peel and Simon Easterby. Easterby became the club’s first non-Welsh coach when he accepted the role in 2012, with prominent Welsh personalities Gareth Jenkins, Phil Davies and Nigel Davies having previously filled the role.
Since their inception the Scarlets have attracted a host of highly accomplished players from all corners of the globe, including former All Black front-rowers Kees Meeuws and Dave Hewett, Samoan hooker Mahonri Schwalger and Tongan international Inoke Afeaki. Their current squad boasts Welsh stars George North, Matthew Rees and Rhys Priestland.