Rugby: Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick joins board of Welsh club Scarlets

Former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick
Former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick Photo credit: Getty

All Blacks great Sean Fitzpatrick has joined the board of Welsh club Scarlets.

The former national skipper joins the club as a non-executive director and global ambassador.

"I'm hugely excited to be joining a club with such a rich history," said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick was part of New Zealand's World Cup-winning squad in 1987. He was capped 92 times between 1986-97, captaining his country in 52 of those tests.

"The tradition and the passion is so similar to New Zealand and the Scarlets is the closest to a New Zealand environment I have experienced, completely community-based, with a total focus on the development of local talent and pride in their achievement," said Fitzpatrick.

"The development structures are outstanding, that is shown by the number of academy players who come through and earn senior contracts and also go on and win international honours, similarly with the coaching structures."

"My father [Brian] played against Wales in the 1953 match - the last time Wales beat the All Blacks - and greats like Phil Bennett and Gareth Edwards were my childhood heroes."