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The popular British Lions tour is a distant memory and the new rugby season only weeks away, Soon Wales will be running out on the pitch once again at the Principality Stadium for their upcoming Autumn International opener. Warren Gatland's thoughts no doubt are turning to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Japan. Wales' World Cup preparations kick into a higher gear with only two years until the massive tournament. The Autumn Internationals rugby competition will provide a pre-winter rugby fix before the Six Nations delights rugby fans again in Spring.
Wales Wing Regan Grace
Welsh rugby youngster Regan Grance who is expected to become a major Red Dragons superstar before the season is over. Regan is only 20 years of age. Regan’s name may not be familiar to Wales rugby fans yet, but Regan Grace is upwardly mobile and by the end of 2017 clubs in the 15-a-side code will be interested in signing the Port Talbot-born wing. However Regan is already under contract to St Helens rugby league club until the end of 2019. The 5’, 10” winger Grace is regarded as a superstar in the making by prominent commentators in the rugby union league after an amazing start to his Super League career in which he has averaged a try every two games and delighted supporters with his exciting pace and mazy running. On the road to becoming a household name and a Great Britain rugby player, Regan has already been named in the Wales squad for the upcoming World Cup which will run for six weeks from the end of October.
Already Regan is being talked about as a “potential superstar” with significant talent. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on the boy because he is so young, but he is a lad with a lot going for him,” said Griffiths, who managed Wales to the World Cup semi-finals in 1995 and 2000. “I was alerted to him by Aidy Gardner, a St Helens wing legend, who told me: ‘Watch this kid’ “So I went along and watched him and I wasn’t disappointed. He is only small but he has a plenty of courage and bottle and a step and a turn of foot. He finished superbly for a try on his Super League debut against Wigan Warriors and he has backed up that performance with consistently strong form. By the end of the year, I think his name could be really big. He has the game to really show up well at the World Cup. Of course he is still learning, but he is a lad with stacks of ability and I’m sure he will enjoy the tournament hugely.”
“St Helens have cleverly put him under lock and key, but they know how the game works and it could be that he will be tracked by lots of clubs in league and union, especially the union teams at home in South Wales,” added Griffiths. “But if he’s happy at Saints, great. They have been a good fit for him and it matters hugely if you are comfortable in a particular environment.” Grace attended St Joseph’s RC School in Port Talbot and played a bit of age-grade rugby union for the Ospreys, scoring three tries in four games for their under-16s before deciding to focus exclusively on rugby league, which he had played since a young age. Regan left South Wales Scorpions for St Helens at 17 and made an immediate mark in an unbeaten academy side. “You have to give him credit,” said Griffiths who is former defence coach of the Wales rugby union team and currently in charge of Doncaster Knights in the RFU Championship. “He settled in the north at a young age. You have to get a crow bar to prise some boys away from the South Wales valleys. The north of England is only a few hours away in a car, but some boys seem to think it’s the other side of the world. But Regan has come up and really made his mark.”
“Regan has grown into a Super League player,” said Wales rugby league coach John Kear. “He’d played for Wales prior to his St Helens debut and he blew me away. He scored a try against Serbia and you could tell he was a quality winger because he loves space and he hunted the space. Once he was in the space, he was quick enough to take advantage of it. He’a wing-man, with a wing-man’s instincts. He’ll be representing Wales at the coming World Cup and I think he’ll represent them with great dignity but also with great skill and performances.”
Wales fly-half Josh Lewis
A former Welsh stonemason, fly-half Josh Lewis is living a rugby dream after signing for one of the biggest rugby union clubs in Europe in one of the the most unexpected rugby transfers in recent times when Aviva Premiership giants came knocking on Lewis’ door after the Welshman had already said goodbye to pro rugby days. Welsh fly-half Josh Lewis is making the leap from former Principality Premiership champions Ebbw Vale to English giants Bath. It was announced in March that the 25-year-old Lewis would be making the dream move across the border, and since then Lewis has been busy preparing for his new opportunity. Born in Merthyr Tydfil and raised in Aberdare, Josh Lewis switched from football to rugby when he was13 years old, playing for Merthyr RFC youth, Mountain Ash seniors, before joining Ebbw Vale when he was in his late teens. Lewis transferred to the Scarlets in the summer of 2013 and spent three years with them, playing most of his rugby for the Llanelli club side. Lewis then rejoined his former club Ebbw Vale in 2016, thinking his full-time pro days were over. Imagine his surprise when his agent called him to say English giants Bath Rugby were interested.
“My agent called me up and said Bath might be interested. It was a big surprise to me. Coming from the Scarlets, I just went back to Ebbw Vale. I didn’t think of going back to pro,” said Lewis. “I didn’t have any hopes of getting another pro contract. I didn’t think they were going to come in for me so I pushed it to one side.” Since then Lewis has signed with Bath and said goodbye to his Ebbw Vale teammates, making the move across the Severn Bridge. Lewis’ first appearance for Bath came on Saturday, when he featured as number 10 for Bath’s 34-31 win over Bristol in their first pre-season match of the summer. “I gave it my all with Ebbw Vale,” said Lewis. “As soon as I found out and put pen to paper I was still playing semi-pro. I wanted to finish the season off at Ebbw Vale. They couldn’t believe it themselves when I said a club like Bath came in. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My main focus now is Bath. Obviously aspiring to get into the starting 15 - that’s what I’m trying to work on.”
Lewis is grateful to Ebbw Vale for the time he competed for them. “That’s where it all started. I do appreciate Ebbw Vale and what they’ve done for me and getting me where I am,” said Lewis. “I couldn’t really turn it down. It’s one of the biggest clubs in Europe and you can’t turn down something like that. I just had to take it. You see these players like Faletau, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson – they’ve just come back from the Lions. Mixing with these players doesn’t feel real. They are my teammates now. I can’t wait to start the season off with them.” Lewis looks forward to learning from both Freddie Burns and former Scarletsclubmate Rhys Priestland.
“I gave him a text to say I was coming across the bridge. He was happy for me,” Lewis said about Priestland. “There’s quite a lot of Welsh up there. They are a friendly bunch. It’s a really good environment and culture. I’ve just got to get my head down and hopefully get an opportunity in the starting side and hopefully get to keep my place.” Relocating to Bath means Lewis will say goodbye to the days of fitting his training in around working as a stonemason for the family business, Lewis Memorials. Lewis' biggest fans, his parents and fiancée Chloe are supportive about his move to Bath. “My mother and father, they don’t miss a game, they love their rugby. Chloe’s so supportive,” continued Lewis. “I was training before work, starting up at 5.30am. I take my hat off to semi-pro because they’ve got to fit their training in around work.”
Lewis said his father isn’t holding a grudge about him leaving the family business. “He’s a true Welshman, and he loves his rugby. I think it’s a no brainer for him”, added Lewis. “I’ve just got to get playing and have a good run of games and go from there.”
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