Llanelli is one of the most famous rugby towns in the world. It is the focal point for one of the most passionately supported rugby clubs in the world, the Scarlets – with a rich and unrivalled rugby heritage.
Llanelli RFC first came to prominence when they beat an Australian touring side in 1908. Since then they have lowered the colours of many international sides, including the mighty All Blacks in 1972 and beating the world champions Australia, 13 – 9, some 20 years later in November 1992.
The Llanelli Scarlets region was founded in July 2003 from the original Llanelli RFC when Welsh elite rugby was restructured by the WRU; with the Scarlets victorious in their battle to ‘stand-alone’ where others were merged to create the five which later became four, top flight rugby regions.
The Scarlets officially represent the whole of West Wales.
The Scarlets moved from Stradey Park at the end of November 2008 to the newly constructed Parc y Scarlets.
The historic game at the Stadium was held on 15th November 2008 and was fittingly between Llanelli RFC v Cardiff RFC, a game which saw Llanelli triumph with a 32-3 win over their rivals, and which will live on in the history books.
The official opening ceremony was conducted by Wales’ First Minister, Rhodri Morgan on 31st January 2009 followed by the Scarlets v Barbarians in front of a full house at Parc y Scarlets. The home side secured a convincing victory with a score of 40 – 24.
With such strong rugby roots and some of the most loyal and passionate supporters in world rugby, the Scarlets and Llanelli are a remarkable story of history, success, pride and passion in the world of sport.