Former Clifton College 1st XV Rugby captain Carwyn Penny has been named in the starting line-up for the Welsh U20's squad taking part in the upcoming Six Nations Championship.
Carwyn is in his first year as a full time professional rugby player with Gloucester after leaving Clifton College last year.
We caught up with Carwyn ahead of his first Six Nations match coming up (against Scotland on 2nd February):
“I was really happy when I found out that I had made the squad, it was something that I have been aiming towards all season. There hasn’t been much time to celebrate due to the intensity of the training programme.
“Hopefully we will have a successful six nations and then the celebrations will follow. My family and friends are really proud, especially my parents as they know how big a goal this was for me,” Carwyn said.
He started playing rugby when he was just seven years old and it has now become a huge part of his life. After joining Clifton College in Year 9 his rugby talents grew and he was chosen to be captain of the Clifton College 1st XV Rugby team when he was in the Sixth Form.
Carwyn, aged 19 years, said: “It was a real privilege to be captain of the Clifton team, there was a great standard of coaching which pushed me to become a better player in every session. It was all done at the highest level and was very professional; we'd always analyse our games to see what went well and what could have been better.
“My favourite memory was captaining the U16s to an unbeaten season; our team was really tight and we always enjoyed running out together.”
His advice to any young, aspiring rugby player is to never underestimate the importance of training; Don't take the easy option. Practice the little things that nobody else sees.”
Carwyn has big ambitions for the future, he said: “My immediate goal is to get some game time in the Six Nations and then make it into the World Cup squad in the summer. A longer term goal would be to sign a first team contract.”