Tom James: Wing Man

I can’t believe I wrote my last post without a massive shout out to Tom James, who has rightfully earned a call up to the Welsh team, and will make his first international start in five-and-a-half years on Sunday. He’s been in absolutely scintillating form for Cardiff Blues this season, and fans and critics alike have agreed he has matured and improved as a player following his spell in England with Exeter Chiefs. Let’s hope that form continues into the Six Nations; I’m confident it will.

Also, massive respect to Josh Turnbull who, like James, has earned a deserved call up to the international team based on his exploits for the capital city region. He will sit out this week’s game, but I hope to see him feature later in the tournament. His last appearance in the red jersey came on tour against South Africa in June 2014, and he put in a colossal performance in the agonising 32-31 loss. We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to back-row forwards in Wales at the moment. Ross Moriarty impressed me in the World Cup warm-up games, and I’d also love to see Josh Navidi come back into the fold to add to his Wales cap tally from the Japan tour of 2013.

I did one of those Six Nation predictor games with a load of mates yesterday, and ended up backing Wales for the Grand Slam. Come on Wales!!

 

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