Scarlets announce signing of giant Australian lock from Japan

-Credit: (Image: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

The Scarlets have announced the signing of Australian lock Max Douglas.

The 24-year-old, who stands at 6ft 7ins, has just completed his second season with the Yokohama Canon Eagles in Japan having previously represented the Waratahs in Super Rugby and the Manly club in Sydney. Dwayne Peel has been working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the Scarlets pack with Springboks squad member Marnus van der Merwe signing at hooker from the Cheetahs and Scotland loosehead Alec Hepburn joining from the Exeter Chiefs, while Wales tighthead Henry Thomas is also on their radar.

“Max is a young, athletic second row who has experience in Super Rugby and more recently in Japan’s top division," said Peel. “He is comfortable with the ball in hand, which suits how we are looking to play and is excited about coming on board and being part of the Scarlets journey over the coming years.

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“Max is another strong addition to the pack, following the signings of Marnus van der Merwe and Alec Hepburn and we are looking forward to welcoming him here to Parc y Scarlets this summer.”

Douglas will compete with Tongan pair Sam Lousi and Vaea Fifita along with Morgan Jones, Jac Price and Alex Craig for a place in the Scarlets starting XV.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Scarlets," said Douglas. "This is a club with a strong history and I’m excited at the challenge of trying to contribute to that.

“I’m looking to bring over some of the experiences and learnings I’ve gained from my time in Australia and Japan to hopefully add to what is a really strong playing group. I can’t wait to meet all the players and staff and get into our work.”