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Sheedy 'the conductor' ready for international stage - Lam

Pat Lam insists that Callum Sheedy, the ‘Bears conductor’, is primed for international rugby after being named among the replacements for Wales’ Autumn Nations Cup opener against Ireland in Dublin.

The fly half is in line to make his Wales debut at the Aviva Stadium tonight (Friday, November 13th) following another stellar campaign in Bears colours – and Director of Rugby Lam believes Sheedy can thrive on the biggest stage.

“What I’m looking forward to if he gets on the field on Friday, and what I’ll find really interesting, is that Callum, to me, isn’t someone that comes on the field and everything is about him – he’s like the conductor.

“I said this to Wayne Pivac when we talked about him, Callum is a dream game plan player – however you want to play, he’ll learn it.

“His work ethic has been key to his success, but also his calmness. The guys here love him – there have been messages flying around today to congratulate him – so when he’s on the field, his calmness and control means the boys out there know what is happening.

“Callum is someone who gives everyone real clarity and is able to drive it forwards. But I think the biggest thing is, he’s constantly reviewing things and looking at ways to get better. His skills are great but his understanding of how we want to play is class.

"The biggest thing is, he’s constantly reviewing things and looking at ways to get better. His skills are great but his understanding of how we want to play is class."

Pat Lam, Director of Rugby

“The fastest thing that he has developed is his relationships – he mingles with everyone, he’s in our leadership group and he actually runs the culture portfolio, which is around BBQs, birthdays, socials within the squad.

“Because of that, he has really tight relationships with his teammates and he can then demand things of Charles Piutau, of Semi Radradra, Siale Piutau, and the boys have so much confidence in him. So, his off-field demeanour and who he is as a person have come through at a young age, so much that he is able to run the game.”

Sheedy’s transition into international rugby appears to be going smoothly, with Head Coach, Wayne Pivac praising the 25-year-old ahead of Friday night’s showdown.

“He’s trained very well. We were going to include him at some stage and Rhys Patchell has taken a knock, so the opportunity has come right now. We believe that he is ready to take on the opportunity regardless.

“He’s impressed everybody both with the ball and without the ball. His communication and his game management looks to be spot on. We’re really looking forward to him getting some game time and seeing how he goes.”


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