Mor­gan set to make his­tory

South Wales Echo - - Sport -

HARRI Mor­gan is set to carve a place in his­tory when the Ospreys take on Pau in the Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup en­counter in Swansea to­day (3pm).

The Maesteg prod­uct, who is seen as one of the most ex­cit­ing prospects in Welsh rugby, has been named among the re­place­ments for the open­inground tus­sle at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

And that leaves the Wales Un­der-20s scrum-half poised to be­come the first player born this cen­tury to fea­ture in ei­ther a Euro­pean or Guin­ness PRO14 game for the Ospreys.

A throat in­jury to Tom Hab­ber­field has seen Mor­gan pro­moted into the se­nior match-day squad and to the brink of the big time at the age of just 18 years and 211 days.

He has so far given ev­ery in­di­ca­tion of be­ing the real deal.

Play­ing against South Africa Schools at Stel­len­bosch in 2017, he in­spired Wales Un­der-18s to a mem­o­rable 30-28 vic­tory with a re­mark­able in­di­vid­ual show that saw him make breaks, achieve turnovers, tackle big for­wards and fire out a stream of ac­cu­rate passes.

The former Cardiff City school­boy foot­baller is also de­vel­op­ing his kick­ing game.

The chal­lenge for him now is to ful­fil his po­ten­tial.

But the former Bryncethin Youth and Brid­gend RFC player is rated highly at the Ospreys and in Wales age-grade cir­cles.

Also on the bench for the game with Pau is wing Kee­lan Giles, mak­ing his re­turn af­ter a year out with a knee in­jury, while Rob McCusker also re­turns.

J. Hook; G. North, C. Allen, O. Watkin, L. Mor­gan; S. Davies, A. Davies; R. Jones, S. Ot­ten, M. Fia, B. Davies, A. Beard, O. Crack­nell, J. King, J. Tipuric (capt).

S. Bald­win, N. Smith, T. Botha, R. McCusker, G. Volpi, H. Mor­gan, J. Thomas, K. Giles.

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