Simon Easterby praises Sean Holley's impact at Scarlets
SIMON Easterby believes former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley has been a "big help" in pushing his Scarlets side towards a place in the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs this season.
Holley was brought in to assist Easterby during the Six Nations period following the elevation of backs coach Mark Jones to the Wales set-up.
Jones will return to Parc y Scarlets following the final championship match against England on March 16 in readiness for an away trip to Zebre.
As for Holley, he is contracted for another two weeks following tomorrow's crucial home clash with Edinburgh in Llanelli.
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"Shaun is contracted to that week and then we will take a view after that," said Easterby.
"It is unlikely he will stay until the end of the season, but he has been excellent throughout his time with us."
With forwards coach Danny Wilson also doubling up with Wales Under-20s during the Six Nations, Holley's wealth of experience during his time with the Ospreys has been warmly welcomed in Llanelli.
And, ironically, it could lead to him helping the Scarlets deny his former side a place in the league play-offs and a chance to defend the title they won in spectacular fashion in Dublin last May.
"It was important for me to bring someone in who I didn't necessarily have to look over his shoulder at what he was doing," added Easterby.
"Shaun is experienced enough to come in and take on from Mark and it