The Scarlets have confirmed this morning that Maori All Black Blade Thomson will join the region in time for the 2018-19 season.
A Junior World Championship winner, an international and seasoned pro in Super Rugby, 27-year-old Thomson currently plays for the Hurricanes.
“I’m really looking forward to heading north to join the Scarlets for the 2018-19 season,” revealed Thomson.
“They play an exciting brand of rugby, finished last season as champions and are continuing to push for silverware in both competitions.
“I’m excited to join such a world-renowned club but my focus is fully on finishing the current season on a high with the Hurricanes and hopefully lifting some silverware.”
He was a member of the New Zealand Under 20s team that won the Junior World Championship in 2010. He was first called in to the Maori All Blacks in 2013.
His versatility as a loose forward means he play at number 8, six and in the second row. His impressive 198cm (6’ 5”) frame will add another lineout option to Scarlets’ pack.
Thomson made his Super Rugby debut in 2013, where he played alongside Scarlets centre and Wales international Hadleigh Parkes, and has proved himself to be a dynamic, quick and skilful loose forward scoring seven tries.