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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
James secures return to Stradey
Dafydd James
Harlequins back Dafydd James has signed a two-year deal at Llanelli Scarlets.

The Lions wing has not played for Wales since November 2002, but said after Quins' relegation he wanted to return home and restart his Test career.

James, a wing or centre, started at Bridgend, then Pontypridd, was at Stradey from 1999-2001 before playing for Bridgend, the Warriors and Quins.

"I played some of my best rugby at Stradey Park and I'm delighted to be coming back," said 29-year-old James.

"As a family we're delighted to be moving back home. I have great memories of my time at Stradey, especially the Scarlets supporters who are the most passionate anywhere."

Quins' chief executive Mark Evans, a Welshman himself, has admitted that the club's top players will now leave the Londoners.

James, who started all three Tests for the Lions in Australia in 2001 and has 41 Wales caps to his name, is one of a number of players at The Stoop who will be in demand.

Welsh prop Ceri Jones has also impressed during his time at Quins and could join James in making the trip back across the Severn Bridge, while Andy Dunne will move to Bath.




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