Future for Monmouth Dragons star, Hallam Amos is academic
11:10am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Sport
HE’S a full-back, is set to train as a doctor and has the shaggy hair to go with it, surely he’s JPR Williams?
"I don’t think I could grow the mutton chops," laughs one of the Dragons brightest talents, Monmouth’s Hallam Amos."If I could have just half the career he had," he wistfully tails off.
Amos’ performances have been a bright spot in what’s been a tough season for the Dragons.
In particular the full-back’s brave performance at a filthy Arms Park against the Blues stood out.
While the JPR comparison is a lazy one, his almost fluid, gliding counter-attacking is not dissimilar to the great man.
It’s been enough to catch the eye of the Wales selectors who have called him up for the U20’s Six Nations campaign, alongside the likes of full Wales international Harry Robinson.
The competition has been a spring board to the full international scene in recent years with the likes of England’s Mako Vunipola and Scarlets and Wales prop Samson Lee featuring last year.
"It was really great to get the call," Monmouth school head boy said. " I haven’t been able to train with them too much yet because of Dragons commitments but I’m looking forward to it. Eli Walker played last year and is now in the full Wales squad so it’s a great opportunity."
Fearsomely bright, as we talk Amos is taking a break from preparing for his Maths A-level yesterday, it’s not just about the rugby.
Amos is aiming to secure three As at A-level which will allow him to study medicine at Cardiff University, a path famously trodden by Wales and Lions centre Jamie Roberts but a route which nearly took him out of Wales and away from the Dragons.
"I did go to Oxford to see the university but they basically said I would have to give the rugby up for three years which was never really an option.
"I spoke to Jamie about Cardiff Uni and he was so positive about the whole thing. People told me it wouldn’t be possible to balance the two but he just told me how much he enjoyed it and how he balanced it."
And the 18-year-old was full of praise for the Dragons in supporting his studies support which influenced his decision to sign a new three-year deal with the club.
"The Dragons have been brilliant, right from the U16s they’ve said academics comes first."
The long term goals are to become a doctor and play for Wales, just like Roberts and Williams, But it’s a newer call up who Amos hails as a real inspiration..
"I’ve chatted to Andrew Coombes about things. He’s always encouraging us and seeing how hard he’s worked and to get what he deserves with a call up is an inspiration to me."