Warren Gatland Hoping for England’s Continued Support for Immanuel Feyi-Waboso in Six Nations

Welsh head coach Warren Gatland has expressed hope that England will provide ongoing opportunities for Immanuel Feyi-Waboso after the young winger decided to represent the Red Rose in the upcoming Six Nations tournament. Feyi-Waboso, who was eligible to play for both countries, made the choice to join Steve Borthwick’s squad and recently received his first call-up.

Gatland’s concern stems from the treatment of another promising player, Ollie Hassell-Collins, who was quickly dropped after earning a cap under Borthwick’s leadership. Highlighting England’s depth in the back three position, Gatland urged the selectors to stick with Feyi-Waboso, should they choose to include him.

Borthwick openly admitted that he had spoken to Gatland about Feyi-Waboso, but the Wales head coach did not actively try to sway the player’s decision. While Gatland acknowledged the young talent of Feyi-Waboso, he also revealed that some Welsh coaches had expressed less positive sentiments about the Cardiff-born player’s choice to represent England. Nonetheless, Gatland understands the Welsh perspective when a player declines the opportunity to play for their national team.

In a surprising move, Gatland has named 21-year-old Exeter Chiefs lock Dafydd Jenkins as the captain for the upcoming Six Nations. With injuries to Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake, Gatland had to find a new leader, and he sees great potential in Jenkins. Gatland believes Jenkins will develop into a key player for Wales in the next few years and is excited about the young talent within the squad.

Gatland’s overall strategy involves nurturing young players within the current squad, aiming for a mid-to-late 20s age group with players who have gained significant international experience. The goal is to have a team ready for the next World Cup, with players who have accumulated 30, 40, or even 50 caps.

As Wales prepares for the Six Nations, Gatland hopes that England will provide a supportive environment for Feyi-Waboso to thrive in his international career.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who is Immanuel Feyi-Waboso?
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso is a young winger who has recently decided to represent England in the upcoming Six Nations tournament. He was eligible to play for both England and Wales but chose to join Steve Borthwick’s squad.

2. What is Warren Gatland’s hope for Feyi-Waboso?
Warren Gatland, the Welsh head coach, hopes that England will provide ongoing opportunities for Feyi-Waboso. He expressed concern based on the treatment of another player, Ollie Hassell-Collins, who was quickly dropped after earning a cap under Borthwick’s leadership.

3. Did Gatland try to influence Feyi-Waboso’s decision?
Gatland did not actively try to sway Feyi-Waboso’s decision to represent England. While he acknowledged the young talent of Feyi-Waboso, some Welsh coaches had expressed less positive sentiments about the player’s choice.

4. Who has Gatland named as the captain for the upcoming Six Nations?
In a surprising move, Gatland has named 21-year-old Dafydd Jenkins, a lock from the Exeter Chiefs, as the captain for the upcoming Six Nations. This decision was made due to injuries to Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake.

5. What is Gatland’s overall strategy for the current squad?
Gatland’s overall strategy is to nurture young players within the current squad, aiming for a mid-to-late 20s age group with players who have gained significant international experience. The goal is to have a team ready for the next World Cup, with players who have accumulated 30, 40, or even 50 caps.

6. What does Gatland hope for Feyi-Waboso’s career?
Gatland hopes that England will provide a supportive environment for Feyi-Waboso to thrive in his international career, as Wales prepares for the Six Nations.

Definitions:
– Red Rose: Refers to the England national rugby union team.
– Six Nations: An annual international rugby union competition featuring teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy.

Suggested related links:
Six Nations: Official website for the Six Nations tournament.