Hotshot: Scarlets centre Ioan Nicholas

first_img TAGS: Scarlets RW Verdict: Nicholas became the youngest player to represent the Scarlets (17 years and 134 days) when he turned out v Jersey in August 2015 and he made his Guinness Pro12 debut that September, so he is clearly highly rated.First published in the February 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine. Who are you playing for now?Pontyberem 1sts, Scarlets U18, a bit for Llanelli and for Coleg Sir Gâr. I mostly train with the academy, then play for whoever I can! I’m studying for two A levels as well.What are your aims now?I hope to get picked for Wales U18 by playing well for Scarlets U18. I do feel I’m improving all the time. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Teen talent: Ioan Nicholas on the attack for the Scarlets in August 2016. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency) How did you get into rugby?My father, Adrian, was a wing at Pontyberem and when I wanted to start playing with my friends he coached our team all the way from U7 to U16.What positions have you played?I was outside-half all the way up to U15 then I moved to outside-centre and I’ve been there ever since.Nigel Owens is your cousin, and tweets you good luck messages.Yes. He only lives about a minute away from us, so I see him all the time.When did you first link up with the Scarlets?I went to Scarlets U16 and after I played for Wales U16 I got a Scarlets Academy contract. I played for their U18s last season and this.And you played four first-team matches in August and September (2015).I was asked to do pre-season with the senior squad and I was very surprised, then I had a couple of games before I went back to the U18s and schools rugby. It was very good to be involved and everyone was nice to me. It was a privilege to play with Regan King and be coached by Stephen Jones. Date of birth: 3 April, 1998. Country: Waleslast_img read more