Wales U20s Grand Slam winner signs to play Major League Rugby in US

Former Ospreys and Wales U20s Grand Slam winner Joe Thomas is heading for America to play Main League Rugby.

The 25-year-old centre has signed a contract with Houston SaberCats.

He’s set to fly out on the weekend to hyperlink together with his new team-mates.

It’s an opportunity for the Morriston product to relaunch his profession.

And Thomas may do with some luck.

Profitable a Six Nations clear sweep in 2016 with a Wales U20s aspect which contained the likes of Adam Beard, Owen Watkin, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Dillon Lewis, Harrison Keddie and Keelan Giles, he had appeared on track to make a mark within the senior sport.

After a stint at Aberavon, he was tipped as “one to look at” by Wizards workforce boss Jason Hyatt.

However the product of Neath Port Talbot School subsequently discovered himself squeezed from the Ospreys squad amid monetary cuts throughout Undertaking Reset. Since, then he’s taken in a spell taking part in membership rugby in New Zealand for Otorohanga, adopted by a stint with Leicester Tigers which ended amid budgetary cuts introduced on by the pandemic, with the teen additionally spending time on the Dragons earlier this time period.

Now he’s off on his travels once more, heading for a fast-growing league that has attracted the likes of Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Chris Robshaw.

“I’m wanting ahead to it,” he informed WalesOnline.

“I believe I’ve a bit to supply and, if my type is nice sufficient, the prospect needs to be there for me to play frequently.

“It is an thrilling alternative.

“The usual is alleged to be good and there are some wonderful gamers who’ve gone over there.

“For me, it is like a breath of recent air. I’ve had some dangerous luck with Undertaking Reset hitting me on the Ospreys and the coronavirus pandemic affecting my scenario at Leicester.

“However I haven’t got any laborious emotions.

“It is sport and also you simply should do all you may to bounce again.”

Houston have began their 2021 marketing campaign within the Western Convention of the Main League, profitable two of their first 4 matches.

Those that know Thomas, described by Hyatt as a participant with no ego, will want him properly.



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