Wales and England keeping tabs on Exeter winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso... with Warren Gatland considering the 20-year-old Cardiff-born back for Six Nations

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  • Immanuel Feyi-Waboso has caught nan oculus of Wales caput coach Warren Gatland
  • The winger has helped nan Chiefs make an awesome commencement to nan season 
  • The 20-year-old besides qualifies for England and nan RFU are besides monitoring him

By Alex Bywater For Mailonline

Published: 17:32 EST, 13 November 2023 | Updated: 17:40 EST, 13 November 2023

Exeter’s early-season shape has seen their rookie wing Immanuel Feyi-Waboso drawback nan attraction of Wales caput coach Warren Gatland.

MailSport understands Gatland has been looking astatine nan 20-year-old Cardiff-born backmost pinch a position to a imaginable call-up for nan 2024 Six Nations.

And Gatland whitethorn good person to see picking him sooner alternatively than later arsenic it is besides understood Feyi-Waboso qualifies for England done family ancestry and that nan RFU are monitoring him too. After losing a big of elder figures and England internationals to moves abroad, Rob Baxter’s Exeter began nan 2023/24 run pinch a youthful side.


But, pinch expectations little than successful erstwhile years, nan Chiefs person had a beardown commencement to nan caller play considering they person mislaid a drawstring of knowledgeable players.

They person won 3 of their 5 Premiership games to date.

Exeter helping Immanuel Feyi-Waboso has caught nan oculus of Wales caput coach Warren Gatland

Among nan adjacent procreation of Exeter players to make a large effect successful nan early months of nan play is Feyi-Waboso who is besides studying afloat clip for a medicine grade astatine Exeter University.

The helping and Exeter’s young squad weren’t astatine their champion successful a 34-19 conclusion by Northampton connected Sunday.

Feyi-Waboso is still making his measurement successful nan crippled but his committedness has been noted aft he scored tries for his nine successful large wins complete defending champions Saracens and Sale.

‘That’s really our young players learn. I can’t responsibility their effort,’ Exeter head of rugby Baxter said aft his team’s conclusion astatine Franklin’s Gardens.

‘The problem pinch putting together nan wins we did was that past nan attraction changes whereas nan reality is nan young players are going to make mistakes.

‘Immanuel is simply a cleanable example. He’s sewage awesome attributes and he’s done really good complete nan people of nan play truthful far.

‘He needs to play, play and play and get arsenic galore minutes of Premiership rugby arsenic imaginable past each his affirmative bits will commencement to double up. He was 4 penalties heavy successful nan first half.

‘It’s those things he needs to get correct astir nan beingness attributes he’s got.’

After nan world retirements of Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams and Gareth Anscombe moving to Japan, Gatland is looking for a caller procreation of back-line talent.

Now without Halfpenny and Williams, 1 of Josh Adams aliases Louis Rees-Zammit is expected to move from nan helping to full-back for nan Six Nations.

It leaves a abstraction successful nan backmost 3 available. Feyi-Waboso is improbable to beryllium a tourney starter pinch Rio Dyer successful statement for a promotion to Wales’ starting XV.

But nan erstwhile Corpus Christi High School merchandise is successful contention to beryllium named successful Wales’ wider squad pinch Gatland watching him from afar.

Feyi-Waboso signed his first master woody pinch Cardiff backmost successful December 2021, initially juggling his rugby commitments pinch schoolhouse studies astatine Bristol’s Clifton College.

The 20-year-old has helped nan Chiefs make an awesome commencement to nan season

Born to Nigerian parents, he grew up successful Llandaff and excelled successful athletics arsenic good arsenic rugby arsenic a junior, specialising successful hurdles and precocious jump.

He made his first squad debut for Cardiff astatine 18 but was mislaid to Welsh rugby past twelvemonth erstwhile nan region’s elder guidance believed he wouldn’t go a first-team regular.

Feyi-Waboso nevertheless soon had liking from French clubs but joined nan academy astatine Wasps arsenic good arsenic studying medicine astatine Aston University.

When Wasps slipped into management past October, Exeter moved swiftly to unafraid nan signature of nan promising Welsh age-grade world whose early looks bright.


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