Wales youngest ever player Tom Prydie says his international debut in the RBS 6 Nations victory over Italy has merely whetted his appetite for bigger and better things.
Prydie broke Norman Briggs’ 120-year-old record when he made his Welsh debut at just 18 years and 25 days old against the Azzurri and turned in a composed performance that belied his tender years.
A crunching hit on Gonzalo Canale forced the Italian centre off inside the first ten minutes while the Ospreys starlet would have been over in the corner if James Hook had released a pass earlier in a Welsh breakaway.
And despite his meteoric rise from trying to establish himself in the Ospreys first team to running out in front of near 80,000 at the Millennium Stadium, Prydie maintains he does not want to be remembered in history as a mere statistic.
“There’s still a fair way to go yet, definitely, but I’m looking forward to the future,” said Prydie who is behind the likes of Shane Williams, Tommy Bowe and Nikki Walker in the pecking order for wing berths at the Liberty Stadium.
“OK, yes, I’m the youngest Welsh cap, but if I don’t get my head down and work hard, I won’t be remembered for anything else.
“That’s not what I want, so I realise that I’ve still got a lot of hard work in front of me.
“This time last year I didn’t even expect to be part of the Ospreys squad, never mind achieve everything that I have so far this season.
“To actually be picked to play against Italy was just great. Every one of the players had said to me that you never forget your first cap, but it just flew by.
“I knew that Italy would try and target me early on. I’m only 18, but I was able to get a few hits in which was good, and, although I didn’t have too much of the ball, hopefully I did OK.
“It’s not difficult to keep your feet on the ground, though, there are plenty of people around me who will stop me getting carried away with myself.
“The coaches and the players won’t permit that to happen, and, to be honest, I realise that I’ve got a fair way to go yet before I can say I’ve achieved anything.