- Oct 3, 2011
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Oh he’s ready to play for Wales but just chucking him in against England without a run of games first is silly.
Yeah agree with a lot of that, it’s a real shame that he hasn’t got much game time at this level. I know Biggar is a very important leader within the squad but it just isn’t working with him starting. The reasons I would go with Sheedy starting over Evans is due to him having some game-time in the last two matches and the fact that he plays pretty much week in and week out in the Prem... so he ‘should’ be pretty unfazed by coming up against the English boys.This is obviously true but the plan should’ve been (I.e my master plan) to ease him into the tournament with him on the bench in the first game at least.
Pivac just doesn’t rate him. By all accounts it sounded like he wanted Priestland in the squad instead of Jarod and it wasn’t until he was told Priestland was a no go that he went for Evans
But yeah, he shouldn’t start against England but would be nice to see him on the bench but I think he’s going to have to wait until the Italy game until he gets a bench spot.
Yeah agree with a lot of that, it’s a real shame that he hasn’t got much game time at this level. I know Biggar is a very important leader within the squad but it just isn’t working with him starting. The reasons I would go with Sheedy starting over Evans is due to him having some game-time in the last two matches and the fact that he plays pretty much week in and week out in the Prem... so he ‘should’ be pretty unfazed by coming up against the English boys.
long term, I’ve heard wonderful things about Ioan Lloyd at 10. I know he has been used in the back three since breaking through at Bristol but I remember reading some absolutely glowing stuff about him at fly-half as a youth.
Who knows, maybe the old fly-half factory is back in action eh?Yeah, while I’m not totally sold on Sheedy he’s obviously a very capable player and he did well when he came on against Scotland so you’ve definitely got to go with him at this stage over Evans. It would be a massive decision to leave Biggar out of the match day squad and I’ll forgive him if he didn’t (I’m a fan of Biggar) but like I say, Evans needs minutes and I’m not sure what he’s going to learn with 30 mins against Italy so I’d be really pleased if Pivac put Evans on the bench against England but he won’t. To be honest he’ll probably keep Sheedy on the bench and start Bigs.
Ioan Lloyd is another superstar in the making I think. He got his first start at 10 for Bristol the other week against Bath and he was superb. Apparently he sees his long term future at fly half so we looked well stocked at 10 for the medium to long term. Sam Costelow at the Scarlets is another very exciting 10 who’s the same age as Lloyd I think.
Zammit is good.WALES 2021 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS SQUAD
Rhys Carre (Cardiff Bues) (12 Caps)
Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (30 Caps)
Rhodri Jones (Ospreys) (17 Caps)
Elliot Dee (Dragons) (33 Caps)
Ryan Elias (Scarlets) (17 Caps)
Ken Owens (Scarlets) (77 Caps)
Leon Brown (Dragons) (12 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (52 Caps)
Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues) (28 Caps)
Jake Ball (Scarlets) (49 Caps)
Adam Beard (Ospreys) (21 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (143 Caps)
Will Rowlands (Wasps) (5 Caps)
Cory Hill (Cardiff Blues) (29 Caps)
Dan Lydiate (Ospreys) (62 Caps)
Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (24 Caps)
Aaron Wainwright (Dragons) (27 Caps)
Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (81 Caps)
Josh MacLeod (Scarlets) (*Uncapped)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (80 Caps)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (57 Caps)
Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues) (20 Caps)
Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) (2 Caps)
Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints) (87 Caps)
Callum Sheedy (Bristol Bears) (4 Caps)
Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues) (6 Caps)
Johnny Williams (Scarlets) (2 Caps)
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (85 Caps)
Nick Tompkins (Dragons) (8 Caps)
Owen Watkin (Ospreys) (25 Caps)
George North (Ospreys) (98 Caps)
Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues) (29 Caps)
Hallam Amos (Cardiff Blues) (22 Caps)
Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester) (4 Caps)
Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (93 Caps)
Liam Williams (Scarlets) (67 Caps)
Players unavailable for selection due to injury:
Rob Evans, Nicky Smith, Samson Lee, Ross Moriarty, James Davies, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Anscombe, Rhys Patchell, Scott Williams, Jonah Holmes
It’s clear Pivac for whatever reason doesn’t like/rate Evans, the fact he hasn’t given him a bench so far surprises me. He’s very capable, very physical so I can only assume his personality clashes. As you say if priestland had been available I doubt he’d have even been in the squad. I’d have thought with putting Halaholo on the bench he might have chided Evans as back up 10 purely on their club continuity. I guess Pivac has other plans.