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Wales is going to name Nick Tompkins, the Junior World Championship winner of England, in the selection for Six Nations

Wales is going to name Nick Tompkins, the Junior World Championship winner of England, in the selection for Six Nations

  • The 24-year-old Saracen is expected to be named in Wales on Wednesday
  • He played in victorious England under 20 team, captain by Maro Itoje
  • Center Tompkins is eligible for Wales thanks to a maternal grandmother

Wales has responded to a shortage of available centers by launching a cross-border raid for one of England’s uncapped junior world champions – Nick Tompkins.

The 24-year-old Saracen is expected to be appointed Wednesday in the team of new head coach Wayne Pivac for the Six Nations.

He played in the England under 20 team, captain of club mate Maro Itoje, who won the world title in 2014, but he qualifies for Wales thanks to a maternal grandmother, Enid, who was born in Wrexham in 1933.

The Saracens center Nick Tompkins is expected to be named in the Wayne Pivac team in Wales

The Saracens center Nick Tompkins is expected to be named in the Wayne Pivac team in Wales

Although Itoje has embarked on a path in England’s senior team, as well as the Lions Test side, Tompkins is limited to two appearances for the national “A” team, the Saxons, in 2016.

However, it was assumed that the Saxon matches did not “conquer” Tompkins for England because of opposition status.

Wales is free to choose him and it seems that Pivac will do that.

Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, said: “I think Nick Tompkins is on the radar of Wales, I only knew he was Welsh a few months ago, but good for him because Nick played really well this season and Wales is currently some problems in the centers. Nick may have the chance to play in these Six Nations, which would be great for him. “

The New Wales coach, Pivac, is expected to call his team for the Six Nations on Wednesday

The New Wales coach, Pivac, is expected to call his team for the Six Nations on Wednesday

The New Wales coach, Pivac, is expected to call his team for the Six Nations on Wednesday

This selection surprise comes after it appeared that England coach Eddie Jones had approached Gloucester’s new wing sensation, Louis Rees-Zammit, to hear that the 18-year-old from Cardiff is determined to play for Wales.

Changes of loyalty from junior to senior rugby are common. For example, Ross rower Ross Moriarty from Wales was in the same England under 20-team as Tompkins, just like Callum Braley, the scrum half of Gloucester, Italy.

Meanwhile, McCall expects a typical large Saracens contingent to be included in the England squad, with rookie flanker Ben Earl on track for a first call-up.

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