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Young Wales international leaves for England as familiar new coach ‘excited’ by talent

Wales Under-20 full-back Harri Williams has left Scarlets to join English second division club Ampthill.

Big things are expected of the 20-year-old, who joined the Scarlets academy four years ago, but he has struggled to find time at Llanelli with the likes of the Wales international. Gareth Davies and Kieran Hardy lead him in qualifying order.

He will now link up with former Dragons boss Paul Turner, who is now head coach of Ampthill, in a bid to get his career back on track.

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It was ironic that he should have chosen Ampthill as his next club because Turner, who was heavily involved in the Welsh Rugby Union’s Exiles program at the time, was the one who played a key role in persuasion. Williams left Northampton Saints Academy for Scarlets in the first location.

“I was one of the people who brought him to Wales in the first place,” Turner told WalesOnline.

“He studied at Northampton Saints Academy and I remember Dusty Hare telling me you should watch this Harri Williams kid because he’s a qualified Welshman.

“I remember telling Gareth Jenkins about him, who came to watch Harri play when he was at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, and it was clear that he liked what he saw.


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