Higher Heath boy Thomas Davies (17) made his international debut for Wales Rugby League U18s this weekend in Wrexham, playing a key role in a memorable 48-28 victory over Scotland in the first of a three game series.
Wearing the No.2 shirt at left wing, Thomas played a full game in a thrilling encounter that saw Wales trail 6-22 at half-time – but inspirational words at the break from
skipper Courtney Davies at Queensway Stadium saw his side bounce back with a thumping 42-point display that puts them in a great frame of mind ahead of next week's second Test match against England.
Thomas Davies made the squad after recent trials at Builth Wells where competing against a number of boys already signed to clubs and others already representing the Welsh senior squad, the standard was extremely high. He began his rugby career at Whitchurch Rugby Club for whom he has played since the age of seven – and has also represented Bishop Heber High School, Shropshire (at Rugby Union), and more recently North Wales Crusaders U18s at Rugby League.
“This international debut is a great achievement for Thomas and a credit to all those who have helped train him over the years, “said his father Paul Davies, “I’m very pleased for everbody involved”.
The boys are due to play England this coming Saturday 10th Nov at Leigh, followed by the Australian Institute of Sport on 28th Nov at the Gnoll Leath. Both are expected to be very tough games.
Tom Davies and fellow North Wales player Harry Cartwright are products of the recently established Wales Rugby League Elite Performance Centre Deeside, where North Wales Crusaders Under-18s have been since it was opened by the WRL in May.