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Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories

Ryan Lamb in action against the Dragons.

Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories

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Ryan Lamb has credited the Scarlets with reinvigorating his love for rugby with his time in west Wales having come to an end.

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The former England Saxons outside-half came out of retirement to help the Scarlets cover the loss of Rhys Patchell to injury. And he has enjoyed his time in Llanelli so much it has motivated him to potentially pursue a career in coaching.

He said: “Not a lot of people play professional rugby for 17-years so I’m quite happy with how my career has gone. “I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world with rugby and playing the game that I love since I was a young lad.

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“I always said if I stopped enjoying it I’d stop. Even though I had a good first season in France with La Rochelle my second season there wasn’t great.

“I was in and out of the team and I sort of fell out of love with rugby. I thought it was time to finish but then the Scarlets came along and they really made me fall back in love with the game.

“I did a lot of mentoring with the young 10s when I was there which I really enjoyed. There were a few opportunities to go and coach in the Championship while there was also a couple of academy coaching jobs in the Premiership.

“We’ll have to see what happens over the next few months but I’d love to stay involved in rugby.” After starting his career at Gloucester Lamb enjoyed stints at London Irish, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Worcester Warriors, La Rochelle and the Scarlets.

And the 33-year-old insists the facilities and the culture at Parc Y Scarlets is as good as anything in the Gallagher Premiership and the Top 14. He said: “It’s a little bit different with the structure of the PRO14.

“They’ve got some world class facilities and a great indoor barn which they use a lot while they’ve also got a fantastic gym. Everything is in close proximity so they’ve got everything they need in terms of facilities.

“Their coaches are very open and very responsive. It keeps the lads and everyone involved focused.

“The supporters are also awesome. They are a family run club with a lot of history.

“When you walk through you see all the big names on the wall such as Scott Quinnell and Phil Bennett. The names keep going and going.

“It’s a great place to play your rugby and to know that I’ve played a small part in the history of that club is a great honour.”

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Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
Lamb leaves Scarlets with fond memories
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