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Welsh Media Outlet Plays Down Speculation That Wales Are After Guy Thompson

Any possibility of Wasps number eight Guy Thompson pulling on a Wales jersey in the near future is very unlikely, according to Wales Online.

The Rugby Paper reported on Sunday that Wales had made inquiries about the talented 29-year-old forward, a player who has been in fine form this season.

Since joining Wasps in the 2013-14 season, the dynamic star has made a 100 appearances for the Coventry-based outfit and become a very valuable member of Dai Young’s squad.

It is rumoured that the former Jersey player was close to being included in England’s Autumn squad and that Wales also saw him as a potential replacement for the injured Taulupe Faletau for the upcoming Autumn internationals series.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Guy Thompson of Wasps breaks clear to score their second try during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Harlequins at The Ricoh Arena on October 2, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

However, the versatile Thompson, who can play all across the backrow, is not in Wales’ sights and is actually unknown to Warren Gatland as Wales Online understands. The publication added:

“News of an apparent approach to him took the Welsh management completely by surprise on Sunday morning.”

In the Rugby Paper’s piece, Wasps’ Welsh coach Dai Young is quoted as saying:

“Guy is awaiting confirmation on whether he qualifies for Wales or not.”

Despite being born in Hereford, the powerful 6ft 1in, 17st 12lb star would be eligible to pull on the red of Wales because his father was born in Jersey. Anyone with Channel Islands ancestry is eligible to play for any of the four home nations – hence the possible interest.

Despite reports that the player himself is ‘keen’ on exploring the possibility of being able to turn out for Wales, and his undoubted talent, his chances of doing would appear to be relatively slim at this stage.

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Author: The PA Team

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