New Bath Hero Max Clark Tells Wales He Might Still Snub England

Bath centre Max Clark is wanted by both Wales and England. Pic: Getty Images.

New Bath Hero Max Clark Tells Wales He Might Still Snub England

Bath centre Max Clark insists the door is still open for him to choose to play for Wales rather than England.

The 21-year-old scored two tries for his club on Sunday in their Aviva Premiership victory at Leicester, just four months after snubbing an approach from Wales to tour Tonga and Samoa in June.

Clark was born in Bridgend and has a Welsh mother and English father, but has yet to decide which nation to opt for.

Both are keen to get him on board and he has already played for England U20s two years ago at the Junior World Championships.

“It’s an open question and a tough one,” said Clark after his pair of first-half tries in Bath’s first Premiership victory at Welford Road since 2003.

“I’m only 21, I am half-English and half-Welsh and I don’t know where I want my future to go.

“It was put upon me and I thought that at this age I wanted to keep my options open. I didn’t say no definitely, it was all quite sudden and I would never say never.

“My mum is still pushing me that way [towards Wales] and maybe there will be a few more questions at the end of the year. I just have to keep playing well for Bath.”

Clark would be tied to England if he played for their Saxons XV, but is already past the age where Wales could have secured him by picking him at U20 level. A sevens appearance for either country would also commit him to that shirt.

The Dorset-schooled player had represented England through U16, U18 and U20 level, but was then included by Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde in his initial 32-man squad to tour the South Seas this summer.

Clark considered the approach, but decided against committing himself and McBryde eventually called up Cory Allen as his fifth centre, even though he had not played a full match since January.

Clark added: “Last year, I was knocking on the door a bit in terms of the Bath squad, but if I want to put my hand up for either England or whatever international team, consistency at the top level is what I need.

“I can’t peak one week and go missing for three weeks. I’ve got to be at that level consistently, like the top players are.”

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