Scarlets unveil latest arrival Joe Snyman
THE Scarlets will tonight unveil their latest overseas arrival as they look for a welcome pick-me-up before the rigours of Europe.
Lock Joe Snyman will make his first appearance for the West Wales region in their RaboDirect Pro12 clash with the Dragons in Llanelli (7.05pm).
Snyman has signed for the Scarlets from Currie Cup side Eastern Province Kings and even though he has only been in the country a couple of weeks, he has already made an impression.
"His technical ability has impressed me so far," said forwards coach Danny Wilson. "He is a good line-out forward, his scrum and line-out work is technically excellent.
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"He is quite an athletic second row, somewhere between a four and a five, and he is pretty powerful on the hoof as well so hopefully he will bring a carrying element to our game.
"What we have seen so far has been quite impressive."
Snyman's inclusion is one of eight changes to the side beaten at the death by Treviso in Italy last weekend.
Compatriot George Earle is ruled out with a slight back injury so Snyman partners Tongan Sione Timani.
Behind the scrum, head coach Simon Easterby has opted to rest centre Jonathan Davies, while fellow international Rhys Priestland drops down to the bench to give Aled Thomas an opportunity against his former side.
Two other Grand Slammers George North and Scott Williams return to the starting XV, while Morgan Stoddart could make his long-awaited return from injury from the bench.