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Wales centre Jonathan Davies joins Scarlets on national dual contract

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Wales centre Jonathan Davies is returning home to play for Scarlets on a national dual contract.

The 27-year-old, who has won 48 caps for his country, is happy to be back with his home region after a spell with French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne.

He becomes the 17th player to sign an NDC, which are joint agreements between the Welsh Rugby Union and the professional Welsh regional sides.

"I am delighted to have signed a national dual contract and to be returning to the Scarlets," he said.

"I have immensely enjoyed my time in France and would like to thank Clermont Auvergne for the opportunity.

"The joint commitment between the WRU and regions is driving for success and I believe the time is right to return to Wales and signing an NDC is the best decision for me rugby-wise."

Davies, who played in all three Tests on the British and Irish Lions' tour of Australia in 2013, is the latest big name to return to Wales.

Last week Ospreys players Scott Baldwin, James King, Dan Baker and Rory Thornton were added to the previous list of 12 NDCs, which included the likes of national team captain Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar.

WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said: "We are delighted to have been able to bring a player of Jon's quality home to Wales from France to play for Scarlets.

"His return demonstrates the value of the NDCs as a means of ensuring as many of the most talented players as possible play their rugby here in Wales.

"Here in Wales our four regions are ambitious for success and the WRU will continue to work alongside them to achieve that."

Scarlets chief executive Darran Phillips added: "We are delighted to announce that Jon Davies is returning to his home region. Jon developed through the system with us here at the Scarlets and his return to the region is further evidence of our ambition to be competitive at the highest level."

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny and wing George North - who play for Toulon and Northampton respectively - remain two of the most high-profile Wales internationals currently not on NDCs.

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