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Callum Sheedy Opens The Door For Wales Approach To Solve No.10 Crisis

Callum Sheedy has opened the door to an approach from Wales as Wayne Pivac considers his options at No.10 against England at Twickenham this weekend.

Sheedy played a leading for Bristol on Sunday, guiding them to their first victory at rivals Bath for 14 years.

His contribution was timely as well as significant as Pivac considers the injury crisis at outside-half that threatens to deny him of his four first-choice picks in a pivotal position.

With Dan Biggar suffering a knee injury that Northampton believe will keep him out of the rest of the Six Nations, Wales coach Pivac is working through the alternatives.

Both of last year’s other two regular No.10s – Gareth Anscombe and Rhys Patchell – are currently sidelined, as is Gloucester’s Owen Williams after his recall to the squad, leaving Cardiff Blues playmaker Jarrod Evans as the inexperienced favourite to start against England on Saturday.

Choices to back-up the starter from the bench would seem to begin and end with the Dragons’ Sam Davies.

Another option would be Sheedy, the 24-year-old who is eligible for England, Wales and Ireland, but is yet to play Test rugby.

Sheedy has played for England at Twickenham in a non-capped fixture against the Barbarians and whoever he chooses to play senior international rugby for, it is surely only matter of time before he does so.

But he has encouraged Pivac to consider an approach by stating: “I’m a Bristolian at the moment and I’m trying to play my best rugby.

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“Whatever happens after that happens. I get asked this question a fair bit and my answer doesn’t really change. My focus is on playing well for Bristol. I want to keep winning, keep climbing the table, and the rest will take care of itself.

“If I play well for Bristol then other honours will happen, but we’ll cross that bridge if it comes.”

Many Wales fans will be hoping that bridge is the Severn Bridge and while Sheedy might be tight-lipped on his Test hopes, it is understood Wales is his preferred option.

He has been superb for Bristol this season. The Bears are now third in the Gallagher Premiership after their 19-13 win at The Rec and Sheedy says his team aren’t stopping there.

“We are constantly growing as a team and it’s been 14 years since we won at Bath,” he said. “The top six was our goal at the start of the season, but being in the top six can also mean being first, second or third. I’d be lying if I said I’d be happy with finishing sixth. We want to win it.”


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