Bath confirm Priestland available to Wales for Six Nations


Bath coach Mike Ford has confirmed Rhys Priestland has had a change of heart over his Wales future and will be available for the Six Nations.

The fly-half decided to take an 18-month break from international rugby in October in order to concentrate on his club, where we has expected to fill in at number 10 for England's George Ford during next year's competition.

However, following the signing of Dan Bowden on a three-month contract last week, Priestland has made a U-turn on his decision and will be available for the Six Nations should Wales head coach Warren Gatland select him.

"We signed Rhys on the basis he wasn't going to play international football. But after reflecting on his decision he has decided that, if selected, he will make himself available," said Ford.

"That's one of the reasons we have brought in Dan Bowden. It's now up to Warren Gatland if he wants to pick Rhys or not.

"He has only made two starts for us, but he was good for us last Saturday when we beat Worcester Warriors. He will start again this weekend in the game at Newcastle Falcons.

"He has been fantastic in training and it is obvious to everyone that he is a highly experienced and intelligent footballer.

"Whether or not he plays for Wales in the Six Nations, we hope to keep him at Bath for the full length of his contract and possibly beyond."