QUINS PLAYER PATHWAY

By Steve Jenkins | 05/10/2018

It was a very big day for two players recently when the Quins played Cardiff RFC in the park being on the Quins team sheet for the very first time. They are Jac Price and Osian Knott who are still youth players and only 18 years old. Both are products of our junior youth development system at the Quins.

As a Premiership club we have an obligation to develop young players for our region the Scarlets and we have acted as a final launching pad for many local West Walian youngsters many of whom have become not only Parc Y Scarlets performers but full Welsh caps.

There are obviously some disadvantages for the opportunities of youngsters coming through our own junior development system, as not everybody will reach the standard needed to play in our Premiership team and those places will be filled by promising youngsters from other clubs in the region who the Scarlets have placed in our squad.

However, it’s congratulations to Jac and Osian on their names appearing on the Carmarthen Quins 1st XV whilst still eligible for our youth.

Both boys played quite superbly with Osian showing his potential, threatening in attack and totally solid in defence throughout the 80 minutes with Jac playing in the “boiler house” as Bill Mclaren would say “that’s as lock for you youngsters”, with such confidence and courage against mature and hardened men. Both contributed a big part to the Quins’ superb win against Cardiff RFC.

Both have shown huge promise from early ages and both won West Wales District U11’s and U15’s caps.

They then went on to play huge parts in representing Bro Myrddin School and win the Welsh Schools Cup in Cardiff in the 2016-17 season against Llanishen School. What a game that was! Bro Myrddin also won the Welsh schools league in the same season.

Jac and Osian are now registered as Scarlets players and have played in the newly established Scarlets A team earlier this season against the Ospreys A team. Both played in the Scarlets U18’s last season, winning nine out of the ten games with Osian scoring 8 tries at No.12.

Another honour was that they both represented Sir Gar College in the Welsh College’s Cup Final in the 2017-18 season.

They deservedly were chosen to represent their country and were awarded Welsh Under 18 caps last season and represented Wales on 8 occasions and both played against the same teams, England (2), Ireland, Italy, France (2), Scotland and South Africa, with Osian scoring 5 tries, including one against the “old enemy” in a great victory down in South Africa.

However, their biggest honour was in being selected for the first time to represent the Carmarthen Quins following both their fathers’ achievements a few years ago.

Well done boys and congratulations on your success which mirror each other so very closely. The club is proud of you and wish you all the very best for future successes which we will keenly follow.

Diolch bois a pob lwc.

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