Christ Tshiunza: ‘Sky’s the limit’ for Wales call-up, says Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter


Exeter’s Rob Baxter on Christ Tshiunza’s Wales call-up: “I’m not shocked. It is in all probability just a little bit early in his profession – however there’s a actual bodily presence there, he has received excellent velocity, he’s large, sturdy. He’s in all probability a type of the place the sky is the restrict just a little bit.”

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The ‘sky is the restrict’ for 19-year-old Wales call-up Christ Tshiunza. says Exeter coach Rob Baxter

Exeter boss Rob Baxter believes it could possibly be a case of “the sky is the restrict” for shock Wales call-up Christ Tshiunza.

The uncapped 19-year-old Chiefs back-row or second-row ahead was born in DR Congo however moved to Wales in 2010 and is a product of Whitchurch Excessive Faculty in Cardiff, whose previous pupils additionally embrace Sam Warburton, Gareth Bale and Geraint Thomas.

On Wednesday, Tshiunza was named amongst Wayne Pivac’s 38-man Wales squad for the Autumn Nations Collection Checks.

Inside an hour or so of his Wales squad choice to contest the Autumn Checks – appointments with New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia – 6ft 6in Tshiunza was turning out for Exeter College in opposition to Cardiff College in a cup sport.

“I’m not shocked,” Exeter rugby director Baxter stated. “It is in all probability just a little bit early in his rugby profession – I do not suppose even Christ would thoughts me saying that – however I can perceive the explanation why.

“There’s a actual bodily presence there, he’s going to be a giant, athletic man.

Tshiunza, pictured in action for Exeter Chiefs in the Gallagher Premiership this season, can play at back-row or second row

Tshiunza, pictured in motion for Exeter Chiefs within the Gallagher Premiership this season, can play at back-row or second row

“He has received excellent velocity, he’s large, sturdy and fast, fast off the bottom lineout-wise and he likes to stumble upon individuals. So these core fundamentals of what it takes to be a rugby participant are there.

“And now, actually, it is nearly how far he can get. It’s about taking part in loads of rugby and coaching in addition to he can.

“He’s in all probability a type of the place proper right here and now the sky is the restrict just a little bit.”

Wales Underneath-20 worldwide Tshiunza can play throughout the again 5, with Wales naming him amongst their lock contingent.

Wales head coach Pivac stated: “We’re trying on the right here and now, and we’re additionally trying on the 2023 World Cup.

Tshiunza, a Wales U20 international, is being looked at in terms of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, says Wales head coach Wayne Pivac

Tshiunza, a Wales U20 worldwide, is being checked out when it comes to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, says Wales head coach Wayne Pivac

“He is a superb athlete, he has received a great skill-set. He clearly lacks game-time in senior rugby, however he’s in a great place at Exeter when it comes to working below Rob Baxter.

“He brings one thing that nobody else in all probability has within the nation when it comes to his top and athleticism, so it’s getting him concerned at an early stage for his growth.

“Whether or not he’ll play rugby on this collection, time will inform, however we need to get him in, get him across the senior gamers and get him used to the setting.”



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