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Rhys Priestland
Wales
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Full name Rhys Priestland
Born January 9, 1987, Llangathen
Current age 27 years 195 days
Major teams Scarlets, Wales
Position Fly-half
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 209 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2011-2014 30 23 7 56 1 12 9 0 15 15 0 50.00
Five/Six Nations 2011-2014 11 9 2 3 0 0 1 0 9 2 0 81.81
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 5 4 1 29 0 10 3 0 4 1 0 80.00

Career statistics
Test debut Scotland v Wales at Murrayfield, Feb 12, 2011 match details
Last Test Wales v Scotland at Millennium Stadium, Mar 15, 2014 match details
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Rhys Priestland joined the Scarlets at the age of 18 having played for Llandeilo RFC and Carmarthen Athletics and went on to represent Wales under-19 and under-20.

He made his debut against Exeter Chiefs in a pre-season match at the start of the 2007/08 season, going on to make 19 appearances in that campaign. Priestland continued to play an important role in the Scarlets squad, either at fullback or in his preferred position of fly-half.

The absence of Stephen Jones due to injury at the end of 2010 gave Priestland the opportunity for an extended run at fly-half and he impressed sufficiently to be called up ahead of Ospreys' Dan Biggar for the 2011 Six Nations, despite the eventual return to action of Jones.

Having watched from the bench as Wales lost their opening game against England, Priestland made his debut as a substitute for fullback Lee Byrne a week later in the victory over Scotland.

Going into the World Cup, Priestland had established himself at fly-half while Stephen Jones was injured. Despite the centurion returning to the first-team fold, Priestland kept his place at fly-half starting three of Wales' four group games. And he went on to shine in the quarter-finals against Ireland contributing 16 points to the scoreboard in the process.

Come the 2012 Six Nations, Priestland kept his fly-half berth and started all five of their matches. With Leigh Halfpenny taking on the kicking duties after he struggled against Ireland, Priestland surrendered that role for the rest of the tournament. But he still played an instrumental play-making role for Wales and helped them secure their Grand Slam.

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Rhys Priestland advances with the ball against Italy
Rhys Priestland advances with the ball against Italy
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Racing Metro's Adrien Plante tries to halt Rhys Priestland
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Scarlets' Scott Williams scores
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Scarlets' Rhys Priestland sprints away from Sam Smith
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