Wales’ shock autumn misses Wayne not heard from Pivac as he insists he is better

If Wayne Pivac wants to avoid filling his inbox with multiple emails from the ‘disgusted of Brynman’ on Tuesday, he may do well to think long and hard on his Wales back-row selection for the Six Nations.

Jack Morgan is only 21 years old, yet he has performed as strongly as any Welsh back rower in the United Rugby Championship this season.

And with Justin Tipurick, Josh Navidi and Josh MacLeod missing the Six Nations debut and possibly too many due to injuries, and James Botham also recovering from a collision, hopefully Morgan is named for at least one consideration. will be involved in the discussion. Pivac’s squad for the championship, which he will announce early next week.

Certainly, there will be great expectations on that front in the Amman Valley, where Morgan lives.

It is not that the player himself is taking anything lightly.

It’s not his style.

Nor has the head coach of Wales made any personal contact with him.

The New Zealander used a press conference in the autumn to explain why Morgan and Tommy Reiffel were not picked for the Test before Christmas, saying they were not yet suited to the national team’s style.

But asked if Pivac had been in contact of late, Morgan said: “No, he didn’t. I didn’t hear anything.”

Pivac is a busy person—of course he is. But picking up a call and explaining in person to one of the country’s brightest prospects what he might need to do to improve his rugby is hardly an age.

Anyway, Morgan doesn’t stay away at night staring at the ceiling and thinking about Wells’s selection.

Again, this is not his style.

“I wasn’t thinking about it,” he said in Osprey’s press call ahead of the Swansea-based arena’s Heineken Champions Cup date with Racing 92 on Saturday.

“I’m very focused on Osprey. I just want to excel here and do my best and do my job and play as best I can. I really enjoy this minute.” I am completely focused on Osprey.

“I have to improve – I know – and the coaches are trying to help me do whatever I can.”

To his credit, the youngster looking back at us on Zoom calls is well on his way to becoming a better player, with OpenSide making a conscious effort to widen his skill-set.

During Wales U20s . their day withHe was known for his tackling and jacking abilities. Those areas are still his strongest point, but there were signs of Morgan developing his game during his previous stint at the Scarlets and he has continued to work hard on that side of his game.

Osprey head coach Toby Booth said, “The biggest compliment I could give is that he has done exactly what we thought he could do.”

“He has leadership, which is fantastic; He puts pressure on the ball; He also has a working rate. We have internal awards surrounding the effort and he has been the recipient of many of them.

“But probably the biggest area where he has improved is taking his ball.

Jack Morgan breaks up against Munster

“He gets the defenders off their feet when he takes off, and if we can add more attacking sides to complement our defensive side, we’ll have a complete player.

“Jack has a bright future.”

Morgan joined Osprey from the Scarlets last summer as he was impressed by Booth’s vision for the club. He also wanted to learn from Justin Tipurick and Dan Lydiat.

Regarding the opportunity to work with fellow No. 7 Tipuric, he said: “It was one of the reasons I joined to learn from one of the best opensides in the world.

“It was an opportunity I was really looking forward to.

“All the senior players have been fantastic, the way they analyze teams and bring their experience into it, helping us as youngsters, where to look and what to do. We’ve had a few sessions and you can see how good they are.”

Morgan has long drawn to tips from more experienced players for furthering their own development. At Osprey, he will see how Tipuric and Lydiat work; Sometime back he enjoyed watching Sam Warburton in action and noting how the then Wales captain used to dominate the breakdown.

But the player he looked up to most as a schoolboy was not a Welsh but a New Zealander.

“My favorite player growing up was Richie McCaw,” Morgan said.

“He had great success with the All Blacks as an open side throughout the years.

“He was my role model when I was growing up.”

This weekend, Osprey Racing is playing 92, a well-funded side that boasts a big pack and a stellar backline with Finn Russell in the fly-half. Is the French the biggest challenge in Morgan’s career so far? “Yes, they are,” he said. “You have the stars in that team: Finn Russell in the outside half, Virimi Wakatawa, Curtly Beale.

“It’s probably the biggest game of my career. European sport is another level above league standard, so it will be exciting to see how we cope,” he says.

The final question focused on whether a good performance would help his Wells.

It was dead-batting to such an effect, circa 1977, that Geoff Boycott would have applauded.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Morgan said. “That’s the next job first. The aim is to try to perform against Racing For the Osprey. The main focus is to do what we’ve been doing in training. I don’t have any idea about anything else.”

Fair game: There are some young players who are known to get ahead of themselves, but Morgan is not one of them.

Ebervon head coach Jason Hyatt once said of a player, “He is humble and conducts himself well in a team environment.” “He has everything to go far in the game.”

Whether or not Pivac picks him next week, Morgan’s time in international rugby will certainly come.

Quality always reaches the top.

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