Max Clark may have a choice to make soon over his international future as he is eligible to play for both Wales and England.
The 21-year-old has really stepped up over the last two seasons at the Rec, and on Sunday proved this again taking two opportunistic tries against Leicester Tigers to give Bath their first win at Welford Road since 2003.
The former England U-16, U-18 and U-20 centre has said he would not rule out playing for Wales, with whom he can qualify through his mother’s heritage.
Speaking to The Sun, Clark commented on his international aspirations:
“It’s a tricky one. I’m only 21 and I’m half English and half Welsh – I don’t know where I want my future to go.
“I had never really thought about it and the Wales call-up was put upon me and I thought that at this age I wanted to keep my options open. I didn’t say no definitely, it was all quite sudden and I would never say never.”
Clark is wise to keep his options open, especially with the November series approaching, and while it must be difficult for us spectators and speculators to understand his situation, one would imagine that turning down a call from Eddie Jones after England’s imperious form over the past two seasons would be no easy feat.
That said, Wales are rebuilding strongly after a disappointing Six Nations campaign, with many Welshmen featuring in Warren Gatland’s Lions squad over the summer.
Clark, however, is not getting ahead of himself.
“I know what I have to do – keep playing more games for Bath at this level. Last year I was knocking on the door of the Bath squad.
“But If I want to put my hand up for England or whatever international team then I think consistency at the top level is what I need to do. I can’t peak one week then go missing for three weeks. I have to be at the top level consistently.”
Clark will look to continue this form throughout the season, as Bath host a rampant Saracens side at the Rec on Saturday.
As for his international aspirations, only time will tell.
Oscar Reilly, Pundit Arena