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Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Discussion started by Cunning Stunts , 29 November, 2019 22:44
Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Cunning Stunts 29 November, 2019 22:44
From Telegraph:

Three-way choice still a dilemma for Bristol fly-half Callum Sheedy

If the signing of Fijian sensation Semi Radradra embodies one half of Pat Lam’s vision for Bristol then Callum Sheedy represents the other half.

A product of the club’s academy, he has risen from a disillusioned third-choice fly-half when Lam arrived in 2017 to regular Premiership starter and has enjoyed his first taste of senior international rugby, appearing in the final moments of England’s 51-43 victory against the Barbarians in June. That shirt is hung in Sheedy’s parents’ house in Pontprennau, north Cardiff, Only here, things take a slight twist.

Also hanging in the family home are Wales and Ireland shirts worn by Sheedy in representative matches, albeit at under-16 and under-19 level respectively.

As the England game was uncapped, the 24-year-old is still eligible for all three home nations. Given that Sheedy has started the season as the form fly-half in the Premiership, he may well have a decision to make soon.

Some people will interpret Sheedy’s lack of commitment as an exploitation of the international eligibility laws. Ever since he turned down an invitation to play for Wales Under-20s, which would have tied him permanently, he has received a stream of abuse on social media from the country of his birth. “I do get lots of abuse. I get Welsh people warning me not to come back over the [Severn] Bridge,” Sheedy tells Telegraph Sport.


“That’s fine. They are welcome to their opinion. They don’t understand my background.”


Far from cynically playing the game, Sheedy has genuine ties to all three countries. His father, Philip, is Irish; his mother, Jacqui, is Welsh. During the Six Nations, his parents would watch the Ireland v Wales match in different rooms, Philip invariably screaming at the top of his voice. Aged 15, he moved from Corpus Christi High School to the renowned Millfield School in Somerset, where he was brought into the Bristol academy after captaining the school to the Rosslyn Park Sevens trophy.

He turned down Wales Under-20s’ invitation to bolster his chances of retaining a Bristol contract as an English-qualified player. “I am very proud of all three links,” Sheedy said. “I am very proud of my Irish background. My dad is a very patriotic Irishman. I am very proud of my Welsh background having been born and raised in Cardiff. I am very proud of becoming English-qualified because I came to school in England and Bristol took a chance on me. I genuinely feel like a Bristolian. I have lived here for six years and absolutely love the place. I could not pick one because I am so proud of all three.


“I am not even thinking about what happens next, I’ve got enough to focus on with Bristol.”

Sheedy has learnt not to look too far ahead. Aged 20, he kicked 22 points in the second leg of the 2016 Championship play-off final against Doncaster to secure Bristol’s promotion. Then in the final week of pre-season training, he tore a hamstring and was ruled out for eight months. By the time he returned, he had fallen out of coach Andy Robinson’s thinking and finished the season on loan at Jersey.

“At 19, I felt I was invincible, then that happened,” Sheedy said. “It was very dark. I was down in the dumps every day seeing no light. Looking back, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It made me realise there is more to life than rugby.”

Callum Sheedy - Three-way choice still a dilemma for Bristol fly-half Callum Sheedy
Sheedy will start his fifth consecutive Premiership match at home to London Irish on Sunday CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Sheedy feared the worst when Lam was appointed from Connacht and Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan was signed. However, Lam soon told him and other academy products they were at the centre of his vision for Bristol. “He showed us a picture of some of his Connacht boys playing for Ireland,” Sheedy said. “He said, ‘When I came in these boys were nothing and now they are all internationals’. I thought I want that to be me. He is not just going to pick you because you have come through the academy. You have to prove to him that you are good enough.

“I am 24 now, but I feel like I am 20 because it feels like my career only started again when Pat came in. He rejuvenated me and made me fall in love with rugby again.”

Last season Sheedy started 13 league games and he has begun this campaign as the first-choice fly-half, and will start his fifth consecutive Premiership match at home to London Irish on Sunday.

Madigan has also been leapfrogged by another academy product in 18-year-old Ioan Lloyd. With the club top of the table, there was already plenty of excitement around the city. Radradra’s signing has simply taken that to the next level. “If you showed me this club from the one I signed I would not recognise it,” Sheedy said. “Everyone’s mindset is completely different. We actually have a vision and purpose. We have the best stadium in the league, the best fans in the league. You go in the bar after the game and everyone is giving you a hug. That fills you with warmth seeing the whole community buying into Pat’s vision. You just want to repay that faith.”

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Hercules Spoons 30 November, 2019 14:47
Difficult for CS to decide where his best option is.
England looks settled until next World Cup and Smith of Quins apparently is ‘ the chosen one’ but he could then stay with us.

Wales have their current three: Biggar, Ainscough and what’s his name who also probably have the next four years in them. He’d presumably have to play for a Welsh team - not very challenging

Ireland have Sexton who is getting injury prone and Carbury (sp) , so possible chances here but he’d be obliged to go to Connacht (?) and hardly play any rugby between Internationals

We need Eddie to recruit him to the bench for a few England games - I bet P L is working on that scenario



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30/11/2019 14:50 by Hercules Spoons.

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Jim H 30 November, 2019 15:26
Thacker in the guardian - [www.theguardian.com]

Muldoon is the Times but it's pay walled so can't see it. [www.thetimes.co.uk]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30/11/2019 15:28 by Jim H.

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Arjay 30 November, 2019 15:53
Quote:
Jim H

Muldoon is the Times but it's pay walled so can't see it.

This article was posted on FB yesterday under the Bristol Supporters page, I’ve got it saved if someone can tell how to copy it over.

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
AlexInSouthville 01 December, 2019 08:34
Quote:
Hercules Spoons
Difficult for CS to decide where his best option is.
England looks settled until next World Cup and Smith of Quins apparently is ‘ the chosen one’ but he could then stay with us.

Wales have their current three: Biggar, Ainscough and what’s his name who also probably have the next four years in them. He’d presumably have to play for a Welsh team - not very challenging

Ireland have Sexton who is getting injury prone and Carbury (sp) , so possible chances here but he’d be obliged to go to Connacht (?) and hardly play any rugby between Internationals

We need Eddie to recruit him to the bench for a few England games - I bet P L is working on that scenario

Implications for his club career will also be a huge factor.

Play for Wales and Ireland, and you become immediately less appealing to English clubs (who lose credits). Means you also have to move to the rugby backwater that is the Pro14.

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Hercules Spoons 01 December, 2019 09:35
I thought I had made that point AIS

We need EJ to bring him in

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
SeeGT 01 December, 2019 10:21
Media interest in overdrive this week. A good article about Brissle and PL in particular by Ian McGeechan in today's Sunday Torygraph.

Re: Sheeds Article from the Torygraph
Rich. 01 December, 2019 10:44
Would the credits issue make a big difference to us? I've no idea


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