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Carys Williams-Morris targeting Wales debut after nationality switch

Carys Williams-Morris targeting Wales debut after nationality switch

Carys Williams-Morris cannot wait to make her Wales debut having been cleared to represent the country internationally.

The centre, who plays club rugby for Loughborough Lightning, grew up in Derby and had previously won five caps for England, the last coming in 2019.

However, after the completion of her birthright transfer process, the 28-year-old will now be able to represent Wales – where both her parents hail from. 

The news comes after it was also confirmed that the RAF Officer had been given Elite Athlete Status by the force, allowing her to train full-time in the international fold.

Williams-Morris has been training with the Wales set-up since July and is now hoping to make her debut in this weekend’s contest against Canada, as well as secure a place in the squad for the Rugby World Cup later this year

“Although I was born and brought up in England, we are a very proud Welsh family,” she said.

“We were brought up speaking Welsh and the whole family is thrilled that I have this opportunity with Wales.

“I’d love to get my first Wales cap on the weekend. If not, England is the next opportunity and obviously to play in the World Cup would be huge. 

“I can concentrate on those goals thanks to the Elite Athlete Status and then look forward to continuing the job I love after my rugby career.

“My family are all so proud already and they have already booked flights to Canada just in case I get the call!”

Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham added: “Carys is already making a big contribution to our environment. She is an international athlete having been involved with England previously. 

“It’s fantastic for her and us that the RAF have given her the Elite Athlete Status which is allowing her to progress within our set-up.”