He has just capped that all off by being selected into Warren Gatland’s Welsh squad for their Autumn International series, not a bad debut by anyone’s standards.
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He wasn’t even supposed to be on the bench, two Lions players Lyidate and Tipuric had to both pull out just prior to the match with back injuries for Cross to get into the squad and then to start.
The Ospreys were eventually so depleted that the flanker would find himself finishing the game on the wing, from where he would also score his first try.
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Cross contributed with more than just a try, he also made 14 tackles without missing a single one and carrying the ball 14 times for a total of 42 metres.
Cross comes to us from sevens world, winning a silver medal at the Brazil Olympics representing Team GB and playing in over 100 games for Wales in the World Series, as well as captaining the side at the age of 24.
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