Wasps star shows Wales what they are missing with solo effort
Wasps openside Thomas Young looks to be in fine fettle heading into the new season based on his preseason so far.
Wasps took on Championship outfit Coventry at the weekend, with the 29-year-old, scoring a try from his own 22 from a loose ball at the back of the lineout, beating three players in the process.
Young has always been a strong ball carrier, but this was great pace shown by the Welshman heading into the new season. This is once again another sign to Wales what they are missing.
Young is ineligible to play for Wales as he is contracted to the Gallagher Premiership club, and won the last of his three Wales caps in the 2019 Six Nations. As he was initially uncapped when he signed for Wasps, he was able to represent his country while still being based in England. However, he signed a new deal in 2020, which left his unable to play Test rugby anymore.
While he never proved to be a popular choice under Warren Gatland, partly due to the welter of options the Kiwi had, he has always had a fanbase that feel he should have far more caps, but that has never really materialised. On top of that, he has had a few injury plagued seasons, which has perhaps curtailed his progress. But Young looks to be in top form going into the new season.
Wasps’ have a bye week in round one of the Premiership season, which means their campaign starts on Saturday September 25th against last season’s table-toppers Bristol Bears at the Coventry Building Society Arena. Young will also have plenty of competition in the back row with former player Nizaam Carr returning to the club as well as All Black Vaea Fifita joining Wasps over the summer, on top of some other standout signings such as Francois Hougaard and Elliott Stooke elsewhere on the pitch.