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Fresh start for McBryde

Guinness PRO12 Editor

27 Aug 2010


Scarlets legend Robyn McBryde is enjoying a ‘fresh start’ in his new role as the region’s forwards coach.

The former Wales and Lions hooker enjoyed more than a decade in Llanelli as a player, winning the Magners League title in 2004, as well as claiming Welsh league and cup honours.

McBryde has spent the past four years working with the Wales team but has now taken a joint role with club and country as the Scarlets look to bring back the glory days that saw them consistently compete with the very best.

And while much has been made of what the country’s former Stongest Man achieved in 11 seasons as a player for the Scarlets and Llanelli, the 40-year-old sees his new role as an entirely fresh challenge.

"There's a massive difference for me because the last time I was involved with the Scarlets, they were playing at Stradey Park. This is a fresh start," said McBryde.

"The region have been at this ground for a couple of seasons now but for me personally it's a completely new place to come to.

"There are new faces in the playing squad too. There are a few familiar faces on both the playing and coaching side but I'm really looking forward to working with some new, young players."

The Scarlets finished ninth in last season’s Magners League, winning just five times as they endured a disappointing campaign.

Head coach Nigel Davies has blooded a large amount of talented youngsters but has found consistency a problem since taking the reigns in 2008.

But while McBryde admits that plenty of things have changed since he retired as a player in 2005, he is hoping that one aspect of the old regime will stand the region in good stead for the future.

"I was fortunate that I was surrounded by a lot of good players. Many of them had a winning mentality and wouldn't really settle for second best," added McBryde.

"That is handed down and is imbred but it's not something that happens overnight. You do need to be winning to have a winning culture.

"The senior players have experienced that and they want to keep hold of it and pass it onto the youngsters coming through.

"We still have some players who experienced that time and we just have to get back to winning ways and play the brand of rugby which is associated with the Scarlets, get some numbers back on the terraces and create a good environment."