Monmouth's Hallam Amos poised for Oz clash
3:08pm Wednesday 27th November 2013 in Sport
HALLAM Amos was preparing for the LV= Cup with Newport Gwent Dragons at the start of November. This week he will be trying to earn a spot in the Wales matchday squad that will try and end their Australian hoodoo.
The 19-year-old wing/full-back made a promising Test debut in the 17-7 win against Tonga at the Millennium Stadium last Friday evening.
It was unexpected opportunity courtesy of others' injury misfortune and boss Warren Gatland isn't blessed with a wealth of options for the clash with the Wallabies.
It is unlikely that Amos will start – Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Liam Williams look sure to fill the back three berths unless Alex Cuthbert is back ahead of schedule – but he could be on the bench.
He said: "It would be incredible to play against Australia and it would b e another step up. There's a big week of training now and I'll see what happens.
"After watching the Lions in the summer it would be a dream come true to play against Australia.
"Two weeks ago I was sitting watching the South Africa game and I had no idea I would be involved. Things do move very quickly, as always happens in this game.
"Playing the likes of (Australia star full-back) Izzy Folau would be incredible but I'd relish the challenge."
Even if Amos doesn't get the nod for the autumn finale - his rival for the bench appears to be whoever misses out in midfield between Owen Williams and Ashley Beck - it has been a marvellous few weeks for the teenager.
And he believes the experience will stand him in good stead on his return to Rodney Parade.
"It was amazing against Tonga, very special," he said. "I was a bit battered and bruised afterwards but it was good to get the win.
"It was very fast. The ball in time wasn't huge, but it was very physical and my body definitely felt the difference.
"I really enjoyed it. It is good playing with that calibre of player, to be alongside Leigh and George in the back three was amazing.
"The intensity of training definitely brings you on," he continued. "There are no hiding places. You have to be accurate in everything you do.
"(Assistant coach) Rob Howley always says international rugby is about doing the basics really well. When you are playing in front of 50,000 people you can't hide, really. It's brought my game on."
Amos was millimetres away from crossing for a try on his debut but his right foot just brushed the touchline as he dived for the left corner under pressure from a superb Siale Piutau tackle.
He said: "It was close, maybe if I worse size nine boots instead of 11, I would have had it! Would've been nice but You win some, you lose some. Hopefully, if I get another chance I can score."
There is little doubt that Amos will get plenty of opportunities to get off the mark in Test rugby over the coming years.
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