USARFU chief executive Nigel Melville is a 'surprise' candidate to become head of the Scarlets, according to a Welsh paper.
I don't know the reporter; haven't yet spoken with Nigel; and am dashing among meetings. So I'd counsel taking the report with a grain of salt -- but the implications are momentous.
Melville, currently chief executive of USA Rugby, is understood to be on a shortlist to replace the retiring Stuart Gallacher.
The 48-year-old former scrum-half has been a director of rugby at Wasps and Gloucester and moved to the States to take up his new role three years ago.
The region are set to make an announcement on Gallacher's replacement next month.
Earlier this year, Eagles head coach Scott Johnson abruptly left to take up a post with the Ospreys, like the Scarlets a Welsh provincial outfit.