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Welsh giants Llanelli are to officially open their new ground, Parc y Scarlets, with a match against a star-studded Barbarians side on January 31.


Among the 16 players already announced by the Barbarians, rugby union’s leading invitational side, are former New Zealand captain Anton Oliver, ex-Wallaby lock Dan Vickerman and England hooker Mark Regan.


The team will be coached by former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan.


Parc y Scarlets, a 15,000 capacity stadium which cost 23 million pounds to build, replaces Llanelli’s old home of Stradey Park which staged its last match in October.


This match which, takes place the weekend before Wales begin the defence of their Six Nations title, will mark the official opening of a ground which staged its first fixture in November, against the Scarlets’ old Welsh rivals Cardiff.


Llanelli chief executive Stuart Gallacher said: “This is a very special occasion for us as we celebrate the official opening of what is beyond doubt one of the finest bespoke rugby stadia in Europe.


“The new facility at Parc y Scarlets is a source of great pride to the rugby team, those who work here and all our partners and sponsors.


“This is a huge fixture for us and one we are very excited about as we welcome some great rugby names to Llanelli.


“We have a great line-up of players from New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Samoa, Argentina, Scotland, England, Italy, Australia and Tonga all represented in this Barbarians squad.


“Put those names together and it’s a very exciting mix and it will be great game to watch.”


Former England international Mike Burton, now a member of the Barbarians committee, added: “The Barbarians are looking forward to a great occasion to mark the opening of this fantastic new stadium and I am sure it will be a memorable day for all involved.


“We realise what a significant event this is. Everyone is looking forward to the weekend.”


Sapa-AFP – Rugbyweek.com

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