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Scarlets fly-half Aled Thomas set to join Nigel Davies at Gloucester

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

Scarlets' Aled Thomas is being linked with a move to Gloucester.

Scarlets' Aled Thomas is being linked with a move to Gloucester.

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SCARLETS fly-half Aled Thomas is poised to link up with Nigel Davies at Gloucester next season.

The Post understands that Davies is hoping the 29-year-old can do the same impressive job at Kingsholm as he has done for the Scarlets as an understudy to Rhys Priestland.

Thomas, a World Cup sevens winner, has proven a fine acquisition since arriving from London Welsh in 2011.

With Priestland sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury, Thomas played 27 matches for the region in all competitions last season and has been a more than capable deputy again this term while the Wales No. 10 has been on international duty.

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But with Priestland having signed a new contract at Parc y Scarlets, Steve Shingler soon to return from injury and Llanelli RFC No. 10 Josh Lewis highly rated, Thomas is set to move on.

Gloucester director of rugby Davies, who left the Scarlets for the West Country two years ago, is keen to add to his resources at fly-half with England international Freddie Burns leaving at the end of the season.

He has signed Scotland half-back Greig Laidlaw, but has indicated he wants another ten in his squad, especially with Laidlaw likely to be heavily involved with the Scots in the build-up to next year's World Cup.

Thomas is set to start for the Scarlets in tomorrow's Pro12 clash with Ulster at Ravenhill as the West Wales region look to continue the recent league resurgence which has seen them post successive victories over Treviso, Edinburgh and Munster.

They will come up against an Ulster side who hammered the Dragons 38-8 last time out — a match that saw former Ospreys wing Tommy Bowe return from injury with a try double.

Kiwi Frazier Climo is the man who will be tasked with shackling the British Lion in Belfast, a challenge the former Taranaki man is looking forward to.

"I watched a fair bit of rugby when I was back home and he (Bowe) did very well for the Lions in Australia. If I get the chance it is something I am excited about," he said.

"This is going to be a big match for us and we know we have to be at our best because not many teams go there and come away with the points.

"But the mood in the camp is good. We have been getting better and week by week and there is a real excitement around the group at the moment."

The Scarlets go into the match still ten points adrift of the fourth-placed Ospreys, with the next two away matches in Belfast and Glasgow likely to have a major say in whether they can launch a late challenge for the play-offs.

"If we can come away with points from those two matches it will set us up for a run of home games and a good chance of getting that fourth spot," added Climo.

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