Debutant Hallam Amos inspired by Wales team-mates
Last Updated: 19/11/13 10:09pm
Hallam Amos: Will start on the wing for Wales
Wales new boy Hallam Amos is taking inspiration from team-mates George North and Leigh Halfpenny as he prepares to make his international debut against Tonga.
The 19-year-old Newport Gwent Dragons back will line-up alongside North and Halfpenny, both of whom were capped as teenagers, at the Millennium Stadium on Friday.
And the fact the pair now having 79 caps and almost 400 Test points between them is, in Amos' opinion, evidence that the culture in the Wales camp is one that allows young players to flourish.
"George was capped at 18 and look what he has gone on to do, and I think Leigh was 19," said Stockport-born Cardiff medical student Amos, who moved to Wales at the age of four and will line up on the wing against Tonga.
"I think it does show that people do rise quickly, and if you do have a few good games and keep your name in the mix anything can happen.
"It's so good to be alongside George and Leigh in the back three. Even in training they have sat me down and said if I ever need to go through anything they are always there.
"It's a reassurance, I suppose, to know that you've got them alongside you and they are always talking to you and making sure you are okay. It's good to put myself in their company and learn from them.
"They were capped at a very young age. They have been through it before and hopefully I can follow in their footsteps. Any words of advice I can get off them is good.
"I don't feel fazed, really. I feel quite comfortable going into it. Two weeks ago, I wasn't in the squad and I was watching the South Africa game and thinking I would love to be playing. Two weeks later, I am.
"To be honest, at the start of the season I was just looking to get a few games for the Dragons under my belt.
"Then the coaches gave me an opportunity there and it has all kind of taken off. This isn't where I expected to be but definitely where I wanted to be, and hopefully I can carry on in this vein."