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Pivac hoping to utilise Patchell at fly-half

Guinness PRO12 Editor

9 Aug 2016


Wayne Pivac

New Scarlets signing Rhys Patchell is hoping he can make his claim stick for the No.10 jersey at his new region in the Guinness PRO12 this season.

The 23-year-old featured for Wales against New Zealand this summer, but at full-back where he also starred in the Guinness PRO12 last term for Cardiff Blues.

With 174 points – including six tries, 24 conversions and 32 penalties – Patchell was the league’s top scorer last season.

But head coach Wayne Pivac will hope he can top even that when Patchell is given the opportunity to pull the strings in Scarlets’ new-look midfield.

“Rhys is here to play 10,” he told Wales Online.

“He certainly brings a lot of speed to the position. In terms of his positional play, in terms of taking the ball to the line, he’s a genuine threat at 10.

“He’s got a big kicking game, he’s got a nice passing game and at training he’s directing the troops around the field. He’s a real communicator so, so far with Rhys, it’s been very positive.

“He’s a very confident and bright guy, which is what you want in a 10. They are there steering the ship.

“Communication and organising is a major part of it and he certainly does that very well.”

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