Wing Kristian Phillips has been backed to be the star of Wales Under-20s RBS 6 Nations campaign after a string of impressive performances for Principality Premiership leaders Neath.
The 19-year-old joined Neath after his flourishing career with Ospreys was interrupted by a shoulder injury suffered during a Help for Heroes Challenge Match at Twickenham in 2008.
Phillips took his try scoring tally for the season to 17 with five tries in a 64-6 win over Pontypool last time out and will be hoping to repeat the trick for his country next month.
Phillips' five-score performance equaled the Principality Premiership record, held by Newport wing Craig Richards since 2003.
Such performances have seen Phillips become the talk of a host of Principality Premiership managers this season as well as Wales’ under-20 boss Phil Davies.
But Neath director of rugby Patrick Horgan insists his side have enough quality to keep up their dominance while the wing is away with the national team.
“Kristian Phillips was exceptional against Pontypool, but he would be the first to thank his colleagues for carving out the openings,” said Phillips.
“Alec Jenkins was also impressive and his recent performances in an unaccustomed full-back role are also deserving of mention.
“But defensively we were much tighter against a Pontypool side, who were in the game until the final quarter.”