Harries takes Scrum V's hot seat

Ross Harries
Ross Harries was born in Llantrisant went to school in Llandrindod Wells

BBC Wales Today's Ross Harries is to be the new presenter for BBC Wales' flagship TV rugby union series Scrum V.

The 34-year-old joins the Scrum V team as the new season - including the World Cup - kicks off in September.

He joins regular contributors Gareth Charles, Phil Steele, Rick O'Shea, Jonathan Davies and new pundit Tom Shanklin on the show.

Harries replaces Gareth Lewis, who is joining BBC Radio Wales' Good Evening Wales programme as a co-presenter.

Llantrisant-born Harries will present the BBC Two Wales Friday evening Scrum V Live rugby games and also the Sunday evening magazine Scrum V programme during the domestic season.

Harries went to school in Llandrindod Wells and studied journalism at Cardiff University. He previously reported for BBC Wales' Wales on Saturday sports magazine programme

More recently Harries has been a reporter and presenter for BBC Wales' early evening television news programme Wales Today and has also worked as a reporter on the BBC News Channel.

Harries: "I'm a huge rugby fan and I always thought if ever that job comes up I'd love to do it.

"I've watched the series as a fan for as long as I can remember, right back to Rugby Special Wales with Alan Wilkins, and ever since then I've always thought: 'I'd love to do that'."

BBC Wales Head of Sport Geoff Williams said: "It's great to welcome Ross on board, especially at such an exciting time for Welsh rugby and with his background in news he will bring a fresh perspective to the Scrum V team."

BBC Radio Wales Editor Steve Austins welcomed Lewis to Good Evening Wales, saying: "Gareth is an excellent journalist and a great communicator and I'm delighted he's joining the daily line-up on BBC Radio Wales."

Scrum V kicks off with live coverage of the opening night's RaboDirect Pro12 clash between the Ospreys and Leinster at the Liberty Stadium on Friday, 2 September. The programme starts at 1900 BST.