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Former rugby academy player makes Welsh debut

As recently published in Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) online, Sam Parry is the latest Coleg Sir Gâr player to graduate to full honours with Wales.

Coleg Sir Gâr’s Rugby Academy has been the training ground for many a Welsh player since the year 2000 and with experienced, insightful coaches at its helm, the process is a continuous success.  

Parry made his test debut in the friendly defeat by France recently and seeing him run out at the Stade de France to replace Elias, gave the college’s director of rugby, Euros Evans, a proud moment.

Euros Evans, who made the pinnacle decision of switching Parry from back-row to hooker, told the WRU: “Sam was a good kid, we knew him as ‘big Sam Parry!’ It was really good for him to make his debut and we had five Sir Gâr boys in the Wales 23 in France.

“He always had a good stature and was very strong but he was not quite tall enough to be a top class six or number eight, I’ve always said it’s better to be a taller hooker than a small back-row.

“Sam played for me at Llangennech then Llandovery and I think he was only at Llandovery for two months before the Dragons saw something they liked in him.”

In Wales’ current squad are former Coleg Sir Gâr academy players Gareth Davies, Samson Le, Ryan Elias and Josh Adams but over the years other players have included Adam Jones, Aled Davies, Lou Reed, Gavin Evans, Scott Williams, Rob McCusker, Samson Lee, Adam Warren, Gareth Davies and Josh Adams.

In total, Coleg Sir Gâr’s rugby academy has produced 38 players for the Scarlets first team, 11 senior Welsh internationals and 13 Wales 7s players including current captain Luke Treharne.

Parry told the WRU: “It was brilliant to make my debut…it didn’t matter if there was 80,000 people there or nobody, it would still have been the same feeling, I’m really happy.”

Image Credits: WRU (Sam Lloyd Parry) Scarlets (Euros Evans)