Thomas Young has joined Cardiff Blues from Wasps for the 2019/2020 season. The flanker will become eligible to play for Wales in the autumn internationals.
Thomas Young has joined Cardiff from Wasps and becomes eligible for Wales.
In May of 2014, Thomas Young joined Wasps from Gloucester.
Thomas Young, who will join Cardiff from Wasps next season to join his father Dai, is eligible for immediate selection by Wales.
Despite playing outside of Wales for the remainder of the season, Young is expected to be included in Wayne Pivac’s fall international squad at lunchtime.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) will grant the 29-year-old special permission to break the 60-cap limit.
This summer, Wales will face New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji, and Argentina.
In 2017, the WRU implemented the Senior Player Selection Policy (SPSP), which stated that if you committed to play for a club outside of Wales and had less than 60 international caps, you were ineligible to play for the national team.
Players have joined or returned to one of the four areas as a consequence of it, but it has also hindered the international aspirations of others, such as Young, and limited Pivac’s choices.
One exception was a player who said that he would be returning to a Welsh area the following season.
Scrum-half When Rhys Webb confirmed his return to Ospreys from Toulon for the 2020-21 season, he was permitted back into the international fold for the 2020 Six Nations.
Last season, a similar request to enable Rhys Priestland to play for Wales when it was revealed he was joining Cardiff from Bath was turned down.
The Professional Rugby Board (PRB), which oversees the professional game in Wales and is made up of members from the regions and the WRU, makes the decisions.
Young earned his first cap against Tonga in June 2017 and his third and last appearance against Italy in the Six Nations triumph in Rome in 2019. Young has not played for Wales since that year, despite being a member of the Grand Slam team.
Young departed Gloucester in 2014 to join his father’s Wasps club, and when it was revealed that he had pledged to remain with Wasps after his father had gone in 2020, the back-rower became ineligible to play for Wales.
That has now vanished after the announcement that he would return to Cardiff for the 2022-23 season, joining his father Dai, who has also returned to the Arms Park for a second spell.
“I’m ecstatic to have this chance at Cardiff and can’t wait to go back to Wales,” Thomas Young said.
“It was a tough choice to make since I had a great experience with Wasps and learned a lot, for which I am thankful.”
“I’m also a proud Welshman, and the chance to make a claim for more worldwide recognition was too good to pass up.”
“Once I made that decision, Cardiff was always my first choice since it is where I grew up. I played all of my age-grade rugby for the area, and many of my buddies from that time still live here.
“I’m excited to join the guys and contribute next season, but I’m still completely dedicated to Wasps and want to leave on a good note.”
Justin Tipuric, James Botham, and Dan Lydiate have all been ruled out of the international series, while Josh Navidi is a big concern after injuring his shoulder against the Bulls.
Because the match against New Zealand on 30 October comes outside of World Rugby’s international window, and English clubs will not release Welsh players for these games, Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau will be unavailable.
Young will also miss the match against New Zealand due to injury, but he will be available for the trips to South Africa, Fiji, and Australia, as well as the Six Nations championship defense next year and the 2023 World Cup.
“We were eager to welcome Thomas home to Cardiff when he made the choice to return to Wales – that goes for myself, the coaches, and the board,” Dai Young said.
“It is my responsibility to grow and develop this team, and I am certain that Thomas will substantially contribute to our back-row strength and depth, as well as raise the bar in our environment.”
“He fits the type of play we want to play, and I’m certain he’ll show everyone in Wales how brilliant he is on the field.”
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