Sam Scarfe is pleased with what he has learned in his time at Pontypool that has led him to lining up for Wales against England in the U20 Six Nations.
The hooker joined up with the Pontypool squad last season and made a telling impact, scoring four tries in 10 appearances and earning plenty of plaudits.
He carried that form into this campaign with four tries in nine appearances before he joined up with the young Welsh side for the international tournament.
Having made that step up to the WRU Admiral National Championship he is pleased with how his game is developing, learning off the experienced members of the squad.
“I really enjoy playing with Pontypool,” said Sam, who scored in Wales’ competition opener vs Ireland.
“It’s been a great learning experience, especially with some of the boys who’ve been there and done it.
“Scott Matthews introduced me to Leighton [Jones] but the history of the club is massive and that’s always a pulling point.
“I’ve tried to play as much as possible as nothing can compare to game time.
“It was a shame to not to be in the team playing Neath on the weekend but I was glad to just be supporting the boys in a massive win.”
Scarfe isn’t the only member of the Pooler team to be wearing the Welsh jersey as fellow front row Dylan Kelleher-Griffiths has also been selected and Scarfe admits it is good to have a familiar face with him.
“I was sort of expecting to be in the squad as I done forward workshops beforehand but didn’t expect to go this well selection-wise,” he continued.
“It helps a lot having Dylan there as we’ve played lots of minutes with each other.
“We are used to the way each other plays and this helps with confidence.”
The duo will be looking to secure a first win of the tournament for Wales when they take on England this evening at Stadiwm CSM in Colwyn Bay.