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Teen wing Christ Tshiunza aims to be a future star by Wales coach Wayne Pivac

Christ Tshiunza aims to be a future star for Wales coach Wayne Pivac as Exeter’s teenage wing prepares to make his international debut against Fiji on Saturday.

  • Teen wing Christ Tshiunza is on the bench for Wales against Fiji on Sunday
  • Alex Cuthbert will play his first test since 2017, while Ellis Jenkins captains Wales
  • Thomas Young also begins after Wayne Pivac received a special dispensation.


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Christ Tshiunza may redeem Wales’ hopes of competing with the greats in the 2023 World Cup, according to Wayne Pivac, who will deliver his debut this Sunday against Fiji.

Exeter Chiefs’ 19-year-old blindside winger, who is 6ft 6in and 176lbs, is on the bench for the Cardiff Test.

And Pivac believes he is a star of the future.

Dynamic teenage winger Christ Tshiunza is on the bench for Wales against Fiji on Sunday

Dynamic teenage winger Christ Tshiunza is on the bench for Wales against Fiji on Sunday

WALES LINE

L Williams; Cuthbert, Adams, J Williams, Rees-Zammit; Biggar, Hardy; Carré, Elias, Francis, Rowlands, Beard, Jenkins, Young, Basham.

Bank: Roberts, G Thomas, John, Tshiunza, S Davies, T Williams, Sheedy, Tompkins.

“He’s athletic, he can play six and second row, and at 19 with that natural frame right now, imagine it two years from now with training and the gym,” he said.

‘If you look at what’s coming with the 2023, 2027, 2031 World Cups, those 20 and 19-year-old boys, there is no reason for them to take care of themselves and continue to develop so as not to be able to participate in three World Cups.

“You need that World Cup experience and when the Alun Wyn Jones of the world goes ahead, you have to have the next wave.”

Josh Adams moves to center, Alex Cuthbert plays his first test since 2017 on wing and Ellis Jenkins captains Wales this Sunday.

Wales coach Wayne Pivac is set to hand Tshiunza his debut against Fiji in Cardiff

Wales coach Wayne Pivac is set to hand Tshiunza his debut against Fiji in Cardiff

Wales coach Wayne Pivac is set to hand Tshiunza his debut against Fiji in Cardiff

Thomas Young will start on the open side, notably the first time he has appeared at Principality Stadium despite winning his first internationalization in 2017, with his three earned appearances in Auckland, Apia and Rome.

This will be the first time he has been left without a team at the national stadium since he was the mascot for Father Dai’s 50th international match in 2001.

“That’s probably my earliest memory,” said Young, who is allowed to start despite playing for Wasps after Pivac was granted a special waiver to cast him as he will return to Cardiff next season.

‘It sticks in the memory, how loud it was.

‘I am on the moon. A month ago I would not have expected this to happen.

“I’m very excited about it and I just want to take the opportunity to the best of my ability.”

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