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No sign of 'Rees-Zammit for Wales' calls dying down ahead of the Six Nations

Very few people would have known the name of Gloucester’s 18-year-old winger Louis Rees-Zammit two months ago, but he is now one of the most talked about players in Wales and England. 

While he made his debut at the end of last season, becoming the Cherry and Whites’ youngest ever Premiership player, it was only during a barnstorming December that he truly announced himself, racking up five league tries, the second-most this season so far, and being named the Gallagher Premiership player of the month. 

Since then, pandamonium has ensued. Eddie Jones has set his sights on the Welsh-born player, which ignited calls for the teenager to be called up for Wales to end the interest from their bitterest rival. 

That fear of losing him to England has abated as Rees-Zammit has said that he only intends on playing for Wales. Yet, the campaign for a call-up to Wayne Pivac’s Six Nations squad has not died down. 

While it has been pointed out that one good month does not necessarily warrant international selection, Warren Gatland took a similar punt on another 18-year-old in 2010 – George North – which proved to be a stroke of genius. 

The idea is that if a player is good enough, they are old enough, and the Gloucester wing has shown the raw talent and confidence to thrive at Test level at what is the beginning of a new World Cup cycle. 

Even though this may be a hasty selection, the rationale is that he will be an established international come 2023. 

Furthermore, it has been stressed that a call-up to the national squad does not necessarily mean he will play for his country in the Six Nations. However, being immersed into such an environment can only be beneficial for a young player. 

The thing that goes against the 18-year-old currently is the strength in depth that Wales have on the wing. With Josh Adams, Owen Lane, Steff Evans, Hallam Amos, North, Johnny McNicholl and possibly even the returning Liam Williams all competing to start out wide for Wales, Rees-Zammit may be surplus to requirements at this stage. 

However, if he were a centre, a call-up would surely be in the offing given the crisis that Wales have there. 

It is not beyond reason to say that Rees-Zammit may make it into Wales’ training squad in the next few weeks. But even if he doesn’t, the fact that so many people are having such a conversation is a sign of the impact he has already made. 

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No sign of 'Rees-Zammit for Wales' calls dying down ahead of the Six Nations
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