An intelligent man once saw youth as a time of missed opportunity.
Those excluded from the extended U20 Wales training squad this weekend will understand what the guy was up to.
New head coach Ioan Cunningham is expected to name his team for the Under-20 Six Nations after the announcement was pushed back 24 hours.
There should be a few names already familiar despite the tender years of those in question, but also many that the general public may not be so familiar with.
We’ve picked five that just might get people to sit down and pay attention to the tournament which starts on June 19 and takes place entirely in Cardiff.
It is an open from Pontyclun.
Potentially, he’s very good.
Word is he’s so busy it may seem like he’s sneaked a twin brother onto the pitch.
Low to the ground, the Ospreys academy guy, who also plays for Pontyclun and Bridgend RFC, is a very talented turnover specialist for blackout.
He also plays with the bite.
“The fire in her belly is amazing,” a former Welsh international told WalesOnline this week.
“He wants to win in games and he’s going to run until he can’t physically run anymore. Even if there’s a brick wall in front of him, he’s going to run into it.
“He just needs to develop physically.
“I would be surprised if he wasn’t the U20’s first-choice No. 7 in the coming weeks.
“We all know there are so many outstanding young No.7s in the senior game. Jac Morgan and Tommy Refnell, for example, are superbly intelligent players.
“But keep an eye on this kid.
“He’s like a Tasmanian devil.
“You pull him up, put him outside and he takes care of everything in front of him.”
Words only count for a certain value, of course.
But others speak of Deaves as well.
He’s a player to watch.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how young Scarlet progresses.
The West Wales region is not wisely rushing the Abergavenny-born son of former Tonga international Kati Tuipulotu, with the Sedbergh school proceeds limited to just four senior outings so far.
But he is only 18 years old.
The pandemic has made its challenge greater with so little rugby for young players, but there are still high hopes for the 6-1 / 1, 19th 10-pounder No.8 bulldozer.
With its extra speed, senior rugby will test its mobility.
But when he hits the winning line, the big man often puts a big dent in it and he’s also said to be humble off the pitch.
A survivor of last year’s Under-20 Six Nations, he’s in the Cardiff Blues books but like many others his age hasn’t seen much rugby with the sport below the senior level take a hit amid the pandemic.
But when the loosehead faced England in Gloucester 16 months ago, he put in an outstanding performance, causing opposition problems in the scrums as he was all around the pitch.
Before heading to Cardiff, London-born, Heathfield RFC-produced Bevacqua, who qualifies for Wales thanks to his mother’s Welsh family, made a brief stint in the elite player development squad of the Harlequins.
He said last year: “Joe Marler lived in Heathfield and I saw him at the club every now and then. So as a local boy seeing someone who was there and who did it and who s It really struck me that you can enjoy a good career in rugby and that gave me extra motivation. “
Wales will need him to lead the way in the front row.
This is another who is said to have the potential to go far.
But after so little rugby in the past year or so, it might be wise not to expect too much on his 19-year-old shoulders.
His combination of physique and athleticism bodes well, however.
Tshiunza’s agent Derwyn Jones told WalesOnline he remembered the first time he saw the second row of Whitchurch High School.
“I was training Cowbridge at age level and we ran into Rhiwbina,” he said.
“We had a decent team and won the game, but their outstanding player was Christ.
“He was probably twice the size of most of their players and, while he was raw, he was athletic, moved well and could play – really play.”
Jones pointed out how many factors contribute to a young player’s success in the senior game, but he was optimistic about Tshiunza.
Even taking into account that he is the representative of the player, the signs are therefore positive.
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Like Tshiunza, Williams doesn’t need a full-time PR person to take care of his publicity.
There is already a lot of gossip about him on the Welsh rugby vineyard.
One story suggested he scored a lengthy try that excited Wayne Pivac in a Scarlets practice session, but someone else who watched the same practice game didn’t didn’t see such a score while admitting he hadn’t actually seen every minute of the action.
Pivac saw it, however, and agreed that he looked impressed.
Word is, Williams has a lot going for him, with a quick pass and a lot of self-confidence.
The kid the Scarlets picked up from an Ipswich boarding school – giving him a five-year contract at the age of 16 – is worth watching.