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Tom Prydie: Wales

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Tom Prydie: Wales

Tom Prydie grew to become Wales’ youngest attempt scorer when he touched down towards South Africa on the Millennium Stadium in June 2010
Professional14 semi-final: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets
Venue: Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow Date: Friday, 18 Might Kick-off: 19:45 BST
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Wales’ youngest worldwide Tom Prydie credit Scarlets’ “world-class gamers and coaches” for reigniting his worldwide profession.

The 26-year-old wing’s Take a look at debut got here towards Italy in the 2010 Six Nations, when he was aged 18 years and 25 days.

Accidents and the rise of stars resembling George North, Liam Williams and Alex Cuthbert noticed Prydie turn out to be a forgotten determine in Welsh rugby.

However final week he was recalled in the 31-man squad for Wales’ summer tour.

Having been hailed because the successor to Shane Williams, the final of Prydie’s 5 Wales caps got here on the 2013 summer season tour to Japan whereas North and Cuthbert had been starring for the British and Irish Lions in Australia.

Additionally a succesful goal-kicker and full-back, Prydie started his senior profession with Ospreys in 2009, having been fast-tracked by way of the academy system.

He had a brief loan spell with Wasps earlier than shifting to the then Newport Gwent Dragons in 2012, spending 5 seasons there earlier than signing for Scarlets after their 2016-17 Professional12-winning season.

That transfer was made with the goal of discovering his method out of the worldwide wilderness and Prydie is now set to tour South Africa and Argentina after being recalled by Warren Gatland.

Prydie made 93 appearances for Dragons, scoring 16 tries

Prydie, who has scored seven tries for Scarlets, mentioned: “It was a little bit of a shock. I believe I came upon a bit later than everybody else, however clearly I am delighted to be chosen.

“It is a credit score to the coaches right here and the atmosphere I am in. I am actually having fun with coming to coaching, studying off world-class gamers and coaches as effectively. Being in a aggressive atmosphere has actually helped so much.

“It will be an enormous problem for me. It was an excellent few years in the past now after I was final concerned in a camp.

“I am grateful for it and hopefully I can repay the favour to Warren and the workforce, and go effectively on the summer season tour.

“It is an enormous privilege to be chosen for Wales and while you get picked it is a confidence increase as effectively.”

Wales head coach Gatland mentioned Prydie had been “unfortunate with accidents”, and regardless of youthful gamers like Cardiff Blues’ Owen Lane knocking on the worldwide door, he “didn’t wish to throw him on the scrapheap”.

Prydie was concerned in Scarlets’ bonus-point European victory over Bathtub in January

Earlier than the summer season tour, Prydie goals to assist Scarlets defend their league title as they go to Glasgow within the Professional14 semi-finals on Friday, hoping to face Leinster or Munster within the closing.

Prydie was not expected to feature again this season after injuring his ankle of their defeat by Leinster in February.

He had surgical procedure and made his comeback in the Pro14 quarter-final win towards Cheetahs on 5 Might, when he scored one in all Scarlets’ 5 tries.

Prydie added: “The rehab was going effectively and I had my eye on the Dragons fixture on Judgement Day, however having spoken to Wayne and the coaches, they thought it could be wiser to attempt to maintain off till the Cheetahs.”

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