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Thursday Apr 25, 2024

Scotland international signs for Welsh BKT URC side

Scotland international prop Alec Hepburn is to join Welsh URC side the Scarlets from Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2024-25 season.

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The 31-year-old loose-head has been an key member of the Chief’s success since joining the club in 2015. Since then, he has reached six successive Premiership finals as well as winning an Investec Champions Cup title in 2020.

Born in Australia, Hepburn represented England at U20s level and joined the Chiefs in 2014 from London Welsh.

His impressive performances in the West Country saw him capped for the England at senior level in 2018, and he went on to win six England caps.

Hepburn has made 179 appearances for the Chiefs and, in January, was called up to Scotland’s Six Nations squad, qualifying through his Glasgow-born father. Making his debut off the bench during his team’s pulsating victory against Wales in Cardiff in round one of the Championship.

Speaking about Hepburn’s signing, Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel said: “We are delighted to sign a player with the reputation of Alec, who has been a big part of Exeter’s success story in recent years.

“He is an international forward who brings a huge amount of experience at club level and someone who will strengthen our front-row resources and help develop an exciting young group of Welsh prop forwards coming through at the club.

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“He has a reputation as a strong scrummager and dynamic carrier and we feel he will fit in well with the way we are looking to play the game.”

Looking forward to his move to West Wales, Hepburn said: “After nearly 10 years playing at Exeter Chiefs, I feel the time has come for a new challenge.

“Signing for the Scarlets is an exciting opportunity to try and prove myself in a different league, against different teams and players alike.

“I look forward for what’s to come, meeting the players and coaches and working in a new environment for the upcoming season in the URC.”

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