Scarlets: Samson Lee to miss start of new season after shoulder surgery.

Samson Lee
Tight-head prop Samson Lee has played 26 times for Wales

Wales and Scarlets prop Samson Lee will miss the start of the Pro12 season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Lee, 23, played in three Tests against New Zealand in June, starting two and coming off the bench in the third.

Scarlets will welcome back DTH van der Merwe, Emyr Phillips and Gareth Owen for the start of the season.

"Samson has undergone shoulder surgery and is expected to be unavailable for 12-16 weeks," said Scarlets physiotherapist Matthew Rees.

"We're pleased to see DTH, Emyr and Gareth making good progress and on track to be back in action for the start of the season."