Scarlets scrum-half Ruki Tipuna happy to guide young Scarlets
Scrum-half Ruki Tipuna has said he is looking forward to guiding the Scarlets' young players during the opening months of the season.
Tipuna has joined the Welsh region from Bay of Plenty on a short-term contract.
The 28-year-old has joined a region who are short of scrum-half cover with Tavis Knoyle away with Wales while Gareth Davies and Aled Davies are both injured.
"It's always hard work coming into a team not knowing anybody," said Tipuna.
"The role I've been given obviously is to try and come in and give a bit of voice."
The Kiwi scrum-half was among the spectators as the Scarlets completed their pre-season preparations against Exeter Chiefs
And despite a 16-13 defeat, Tipuna was impressed with his new team-mates' performance prior to their opening RaboDirect Pro12 match against Aironi on Sunday.
"[It's] a young squad obviously," he said.
"[There's] a lot of talent in there. I haven't run or trained with them but watching [them] there's a lot to work with.
"So hopefully I can come in and offer something. I'm not the type to come into a team and try and bark instructions and tell people what to do.
"But it looks like that might be a job being thrust upon me from the top. We'll just have to see how things go at training this week."
Tipuna said he had watched clips of the Scarlets in action on You Tube after he discovered the region were interested in signing him.
And Tipuna is hoping to for extended stay at Parc y Scarlets.
"When the opportunity come up I was quite excited," said Tipuna.
"They play a pretty exciting brand of rugby and I'm all for it.
"Hopefully the next few weeks I can put a few performances together and hopefully they keep me on."
Tipuna has played for New Zealand Sevens and Maori as well as Wellington and his short-term contract could be extended during the season.
He had drifted out of the professional game before resurrecting his career with Bay of Plenty after Jamie Nutbrown joined the Ospreys.