Rhys Priestland

Rhys Priestland is a Welsh international rugby union player. His position of choice is as a fly-half, however he occasionally plays at full-back. He attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen, and he is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Rhys joined the Scarlets in 2005 through the academy, he was only 18 at the time. He currently plays at fly half or at full back for the Welsh region side the Scarlets. They play rugby in Parc y Scarlets. He has played 91 games for them and scored over 600 points. In the 2010/2011 season against USA Perpignan, he scored a try at the end of the first half which the Scarlets won.

In January 2011 he was named in the Wales national rugby union team squad for the 2011 Six Nations Championship[4] and made his international debut on the 12 February 2011 in the 24–6 win against Scotland as a second-half replacement.

Rhys was picked in Warren Gatland’s 30-man 2011 Rugby World Cup squad in New Zealand. He started at fly-half in the first match against current champions at the time South Africa, he impressed with a very good performance losing only 16–17. He started at 10 again against Samoa, winning 17–10, and started again against Ireland in the quarter finals, a match Wales won 22–10. He missed the semi-final due to a shoulder injury picked up in the quarters. He has now become Wales’ starting fly-half ahead of Stephen Jones and James Hook. He is now regarded as one of the ‘new generation’ of Welsh rugby talent, alongside players like Leigh Halfpenny, Toby Faletau and George North.

Rhys scored his first try for Wales on the 3 December 2011 against Australia

In January 2015, it was announced that he would join English club Bath, on a two-year contract at the end of the 2014-15 season