Welsh teenager Ty Lewis has signed for French Pro D2 club Beziers.
The 18-year-old from Aberdare journeyed to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France this week to start a three-year arrangement with an outfit who were once the dominant force in French rugby, winning 1src championships between 1971 and 1984 and boasting players such as Alain Esteve, Alain Paco and Michel Palmie. You can read more about two of those legends here.
Centre or wing Lewis has previously been part of Cardiff Rugby’s age-grade system and also spent time at Hartpury College.
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But now he’s venturing to within nine miles of the Mediterranean to play his rugby, to one of France’s most ancient cities.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I have signed a three-year senior academy contract and I’m excited about the rugby and about living in France and sampling a different culture and meeting new people.
“The move came about through an agent. I made a highlights reel and didn’t think too much of it, but an agent got in touch to say there might be a club interested and would I mind if he sent them a few bits. I said, ‘yes, crack on’. Beziers came back two weeks later with a contract and it’s gone from there.
“It’s all a bit of a whirlwind, but I’m going with it. If I didn’t try, I’d always wonder what might have been and no-one would want to be in that situation.”
It is a bold call, mind, especially for one so young.
Lewis came through at Abercwmboi before trying his luck in age-gr
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