It appears that the Quins conveyor belt of talent shows no sign of slowing down. With the recent announcement of the Wales Under 20’s squad for the upcoming delayed six nations tournament. All matches will be played this year at Cardiff as Ireland come to Wales looking to defend their 2019 crown. We will of course appreciate that the 2020 tournament was cancelled and this is the delayed 2021 tournament
The club are delighted to announce that our very own Eddie James has been selected in the Welsh Squad that will be looking to improve on their last 4th place finish. We caught up with Eddie briefly before he hit camp to prepare fully.
How has your rugby journey gone so far? Did you play mini and junior rugby?
I started off my rugby journey when i was 5 with Carmarthen Quins from tag up to youth level .Then I joined Coleg Sir Gar playing for the 1st and 2nd teams where I got picked up by scarlets U18 .I was then lucky to be selected for Wales U18s but due to covid-19 the tournament was cancelled and at present I am with the Scarlets Academy but wouldn’t be where I am without the Quins coaches Max Howells, Andrew Harley and Wyn Thomas (Castle scaffolding) without their support and coaching.
Is this your first taste of international rugby or have had caps at other age grades?
Last year got chosen for Wales U18s but due to the covid-19 the tournament was cancelled .
What are you ambitions within rugby?
The dream is to make it all the way up the ladder by playing for Scarlets and Wales but to play my rugby to the best of my abilities at top level
It’s been a long time without rugby how have you kept your skills and fitness in top
Obviously with the covid-19 we’ve had a lot of down time so I continued by keeping my conditioning up by gym and running sessions at home as much as possible
What are most looking forward to during the tournament?
For me the most exciting thing I’m looking forward to do it putting on the red jersey and representing my country that would be a huge honour
What advice would you give any junior or youth team player?
If I had to give any advice it would be to never give up and take every opportunity you get and most importantly enjoy it.
We wish Eddie all the very best in the Six Nations and sincerely hope he becomes another former mini and junior who wins international honours. If you have a child who would like to give rugby a try then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can point you in the right direction.