SCARLETS

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.

ScarletsLlanelli's first recorded game occurred in 1876 at Peoples Park but it was the 1904/05 season that was a historic one as it saw the club move to their "new" pitch at Stradey which is where the Scarlets played until October 2008 when they moved to their new stadium Parc y Scarlets.

The famous Scarlets shirt was worn for the first time in 1884 against an Irish XV who had stopped off in Llanelli having played Wales in Cardiff a few days earlier. It has been worn ever since, giving rise to nickname The Scarlets, which became the region's official name in September 2008 after the Llanelli was dropped from the name in recognition of its wide geography as a rugby region.

It's not just famous victories that have given Llanelli such a great rugby tradition - the town and region has produced an almost endless list of talented and world-renowned players. They range from Albert Jenkins in the early 1900's to legends such as Ken Jones, Delme Thomas, Phil Bennett, Derek Quinnell and Ray Gravell. In more recent eras there have been heroes like Ieuan Evans, Jonathan Davies and Scott Quinnell and today's world-class Scarlets stars include Stephen Jones. In total around 178 Wales internationals and 24 British Lions - as well as Lions coaches such as the legendary Carwyn James (New Zealand 1971) - have been bred from Llanelli rugby.

ScarletsThe last ever rugby game at Stradey Park was held on October 24th 2008 against Bristol. A game the Scarlets won 27 - 0. Stradey played host to Llanelli RFC and Scarlets matches for nearly 130 years. During this time, it has hosted 2577 matches, winning 2029 drawing 162, losing 385 with 2 matches abandoned, which represents a 79% success rate.

The Scarlets moved from Stradey Park at the end of November 2008 to their current home, the £23m 15,000 capacity Parc y Scarlets.

The historic first game at the new facility was held on the 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 31 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 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.