Wales are considering a shock recall of Bath No 10 Rhys Priestland

Wales are considering a shock recall of Bath No 10 Rhys Priestland for the Six Nations despite the fact he has not played a Test since 2017

  • Wales are considering a shock recall of Bath’s Rhys Priestland for the Six Nations
  • The 34-year-old has not played in a test match since 2017 as he plays for Bath
  • Priestland did not meet the 60-cap quota for players who play outside Wales
  • However, an exceptional circumstances clause has been agreed with the Wales  

Wales are considering a shock recall of 34-year-old Rhys Priestland for the Six Nations.

The Bath No 10 has not played a Test since 2017 but could not as he did not meet the 60-cap quota for players who ply their trade outside Wales.

However, the 50-cap playmaker is set to join Cardiff Blues next season and Sportsmail understands an exceptional circumstances clause has been agreed with the Welsh Rugby Union – similar to that which saw scrum-half Rhys Webb return to the national team last year when he signed for the Ospreys from Toulon.

Wales are considering a shock recall of Bath’s Rhys Priestland (left) for the Six Nations

Sources have indicated that Priestland is likely to join Northampton’s Biggar and Bristol’s Callum Sheedy as fly-half options in Wayne Pivac’s squad for the Championship, which will be revealed this week.

Pivac will largely go with a tried-and-tested group of experienced players, with hooker Ken Owens returning, and might even turn back to 33-year-old flanker Dan Lydiate too who has not played a Test since 2018.

Priestland is reportedly competing with Jarrod Evans for the third fly-half slot, the Blues man who is 10 years his junior, as Pivac is keen to pick one playmaker who will play his rugby in Wales.

The 34-year-old has not played in a test match since 2017 but could not as he did not meet the 60-cap quota for players who ply their trade outside Wales




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