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Easterby Re-Signs For Scarlets

Easterby Re-Signs For Scarlets

Ireland flanker Simon Easterby penned a new contract with Welsh regional club Llanelli on Friday, keeping him at the Scarlets until 2008.

Ireland flanker Simon Easterby has today penned a new contract with Welsh club Llanelli on Friday, keeping him at the Scarlets until 2008.

The 29-year-old – who captains Gareth Jenkins’ outfit – has made 109 senior appearances for the Scarlets, since linking up with them in 1999 – 83 of which were for the original RFC club.

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Easterby earned a milestone 40th Test cap in Ireland’s 19-13 RBS Six Nations defeat of England last Sunday – incredibly his seventeenth consecutive outing for coach Eddie O’Sullivan.

Speaking at the announcement of Easterby’s renewal, Scarlets Chief Executive Stuart Gallacher said: “We are pleased to announce that Simon has signed with the region on a further three-year contract. Simon is the consummate professional and has been indispensable as captain in a season that has not gone to plan.”

The Scarlets currently lie fifth in the Celtic League, but disappointed in this season’s Heineken Cup, missing out on a quarter-final place – with a home-and-away double over Glasgow their only Pool 3 highlight.

Easterby – younger brother of Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Guy, added: “We’ve had our work cut out this season and things haven’t gone our way – but we’re a strong squad and I believe we’ll come back fighting.

I’m looking forward to the challenges of next season and proud to remain a member of the squad.”