Eddie wins first Wales cap and place on Aussie tour

Rob LloydNews

Centre Eddie James has been rewarded for his breakthrough season with the Scarlets with a first senior Test cap for Wales.

In Saturday’s defeat to the Springboks in Twickenham, the 21-year-old came off the bench to become the 255th player to represent the club on the men’s international stage.

James has also been named in a trimmed-down 34-man Wales squad for the forthcoming tour of Australia.

The Carmarthen product is joined by six other Scarlets – props Kemsley Mathias and Harri O’Connor, back-rower Taine Plumtree, scrum-halves Gareth Davies and Kieran Hardy and fly-half Sam Costelow.

New signing Henry Thomas is to stay at home to continue his recovery from a foot injury.

Wales will play two Test matches against the Wallabies in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a fixture against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.