While still playing for his university side, Wales called up uncapped youth Christ Tshiunza, 19, for autumn Tests.
Wales is about to release the latest sensation from their’school of champions.’
Lock with a lot of punch Christ Tshiunza is a graduate of Cardiff’s Whitchurch High School, which produced rugby hero Sam Warburton, Tour de France and Olympic gold medalist Geraint Thomas, and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.
Tshiunza, 19, has been called up to Wayne Pivac’s 38-man Autumn international rugby team.
As he was set to play for Exeter University versus Cardiff University, the teenager received the news.
His next encounter might be for the Six Nations champions against South Africa, the world champions.
Tshiunza’s sole previous experience with top-level rugby came in four cameo appearances for the Exeter Chiefs as a substitute.
The Premier League club was so confident in his star potential that they signed him to a £40,000-per-year contract while he was still in school.
Tshiunza moved to Wales when he was seven years old, when his parents fled the war-torn Congo.
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He began his career as a sprinter and high jumper, but as he grew older, he was convinced to switch to rugby.
The 6ft 7in, 1712th ace is not eligible for Wales’ first autumn series match against New Zealand on October 30 since it falls outside of the typical international timeframe because he plays for an English club.
However, he will be available for the upcoming matches against South Africa, Fiji, and Australia.
“By selecting him, we’re looking at the here and now as well as the World Cup in 2023,” Dragons head coach Pivac stated.
“In terms of height and athleticism, he definitely has something no one else in the country has.” He possesses all of the physical characteristics required to play at this level.”