Winger Johnny McNicholl has put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with Scarlets.

McNicholl pens Scarlets deal

McNicholl pens Scarlets deal

The 25-year-old has spent his entire career in his homeland after making his debut with Canterbury in 2011, before going on to feature for Crusaders in Super Rugby.

McNicholl has recently found himself on the verge of a call up to the New Zealand set-up but his move to Wales will put his international ambitions on hold.

The wing admitted that he is ready for a new challenge and excited about working under fellow Kiwi Wayne Pivac.

McNicholl said: "This is a great opportunity to experience living and playing in a different part of the world.

"I am at a stage in my life that I would like to do some more travel while I don't have family commitments back in New Zealand, and I am so fortunate to be able to do that with my rugby career.

"The Scarlets club appeals because they are a successful team that plays a similar brand of rugby to the Crusaders, and working under a Kiwi coach in Wayne Pivac will make that transition easier."

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