Hallam Amos has plenty of cause for celebration at the moment.
Not only has he been called up for the Wales starting lineup for Wales’ World Cup game against England, but today he celebrates his 21st birthday.
The former Monmouth school student was called up instead of struggling Alex Cuthbert for the Group A clash, and will be looking to build on previous good performances in the red shirt after scoring his first World Cup try last Saturday against Uruguay.
Headmaster of Monmouth School, Dr Andrew Daniel, said: “As Monmouth School’s new headmaster – and a dedicated rugby fan – I was immensely proud and excited to see three former pupils so heavily involved in the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup in Cardiff.
“Not only is Hallam Amos a diligent medical student, he’s now also scoring tries for his country.
“Watching Wayne Barnes at work during the Argentina vs New Zealand match, it’s no surprise I’ve heard him described as one of the game’s finest referees.
“And who can fail to recognise the authoritative voice of former Wales rugby captain Eddie Butler commentating on the matches, keeping us all on the edge of our seats?
“Their brilliant contributions helped to make the event’s dramatic opening particularly thrilling for us in Monmouth.
“I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
Meanwhile, there are also starts for Exeter tighthead prop Tomas Francis and Wasps lock Bradley Davies, and Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams are Wales’ centre pair.
And Wales head coach Warren Gatland is relishing the weekend’s battle, as his side look to progress from the ‘group of death.’
“Saturday is a huge occasion for both teams and for the tournament and we are really looking forward to it,” he said.
“Both sides kicked their tournament off with a bonus-point win but we know we will need to step up at Twickenham on Saturday.”
Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Baldwin, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (Capt), Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Ken Owens, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Rhys Priestland, Alex Cuthbert.