Leicester Tigers back-rower Tommy Reffell, who was once dubbed the next Sam Warburton, is in line for a shock England call up from coach Eddie Jones, according to the Mail Online.
Ever since he upped sticks at the family home in Pencoed and headed to the Midlands and a new life in the Leicester Tigers Academy and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College six years ago he has dedicated his life to becoming a professional rugby player.
The 21-year-old was born in Bridgend and came through in the Ospreys age-group set-up before moving to Leicester at 15.
He went on to captain Wales at Under 18 level and then in the Under 20s at the junior World Cup in 2018.
His classical openside qualities have earned comparison with the iconic ex-Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton.
However, it’s now been suggested Jones will reportedly meet with the back-rower in the coming week to discuss whether he’d be interested in switching allegiances.
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Wales have no shortage of options in his position right now, so the young prospect faces an intriguing dilemma.
Certainly, Tigers director of rugby, Geordan Murphy, knows all about the potential of the young Welshman.
“Not only is he a real asset for us on the pitch, but he’s a leader off it in helping drive the standards we want true Tigers to be identified with,” commented Murphy after Reffell was named as the Premiership Cup Breakthrough Player of the Year.”
This English-born Wales XV would beat Wales
This team of English-born players who have played for Wales im recent years makes an up quite the outstanding XV.
Jonah Holmes (Stockport), George North (Kings Lynn), Hallam Amos (Stockport)
Jonathan Davies (Solihull), Nick Tompkins (Sidcup)