Two England-based rising stars of Welsh rugby have pulled out of the U20s Six Nations squad to the disappointment of the management.

Fly-half Callum Sheedy – who is on the books of Bristol – and Gloucester back rower Rory Bartle have both opted to withdraw from the party.

Cardiff-product Sheedy pulled out before the championship began, while the Pontypridd-born Bartle did so ahead of last week’s clash with France.

It’s unclear exactly why they chose to do so and to what, if any, extent their decision was related to them playing for English clubs.


But it does appear they have opted not to tie themselves internationally to Wales at this early age.

The 18-year-old Bartle was capped in the defeat to Scotland last month, but if he had featured against France last weekend that would have meant he was only eligible for Wales moving forward.

That is because the French – like the WRU – have designated their U20s as their second string, unlike the Scots.

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