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Peel makes Murray Scarlets sixth summer signing

Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel

Peel makes Murray Scarlets sixth summer signing

Scarlets have added a sixth new signing to their squad for next season by recruiting former New Zealand Schoolboys and Universities international Blair Murray.

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The 22-year-old back-three player is Welsh qualified through his Tonyrefail-born mother and has been a part of the Canterbury provincial team. He has also been included in the wider Crusaders Super Rugby squad.

“Blair is an exciting prospect. He has pace, can beat defenders and has excellent footballing ability. He has represented New Zealand Schools and has been in and around the Crusaders squad for a couple of years now,” said Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel.

“There is no secret that we are in the process of a rebuild and Blair is another signing who will add depth going into the new season. We have a lot of talented young players who have a bright future in the game and I’m sure the competition we are building for the jersey will drive them all on.”

Equally at home at wing, full-back or outside half, Murray scored seven tries in seven appearances during last year’s NPC campaign in New Zealand, including a crucial 76th minute score in 29-24 quarter-final win over Auckland. He then appeared as a second half replacement in the semi-final defeat at Taranaki.

The Scarlets have now added Toyota Cheetahs hooker Marnus van der Merwe, Exeter Chiefs and Scotland prop Alec Hepburn, Nottingham full-back Ellis Mee, Australian lock Max Douglas, Wales international prop Henry Thomas and Murray to their squad for next season.

“I’m excited to get the opportunity to play for the Scarlets, a great club with a fantastic heritage and passionate fan base. I’ve always thought being able to go to Wales would be great for me, so for it to be happening and to be able to play in front of my family is a dream come true,” said Murray.

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