Owen Watkin is set to complete a remarkable journey from World Cup exclusion to Six Nations starter when Wales faces Scotland on Saturday.
The disappointment of being left out of Warren Gatland’s World Cup training squad last year fueled Watkin’s determination to bounce back stronger. Despite being overlooked in favor of seven other centers, Watkin refused to let setbacks define his career.
“Being left out of the training squad was really heartbreaking and massively disappointing for me,” Watkin admitted. “But I think setbacks like that can motivate you even more. I didn’t let it get the better of me.”
Watkin’s resilience and hard work paid off, leading to an impressive resurgence in form with the Ospreys. His renewed confidence and dynamic performances earned him a well-deserved spot in Wales’ Six Nations lineup.
Reflecting on his journey, Watkin emphasized his commitment to continuous improvement and his desire to contribute positively to the national team.
“I am probably being a bit braver with things I am trying,” Watkin remarked. “I am enjoying my rugby at the Ospreys, and I want to bring that momentum from there and try to implement it with Wales.”
For Watkin, Saturday’s match against Scotland marks a significant opportunity to prove himself once again on the international stage. Despite the lingering disappointment of his last Test appearance, Watkin is focused on the present and remains determined to make a meaningful impact.
“Obviously, you don’t want to go out on a loss,” Watkin acknowledged. “I think I’ve put the work in, and I do deserve to be back, and I am focusing on the Scotland game. The Georgia game is behind me – I don’t even think about that now.”
Partnering with Nick Tompkins in Wales’ midfield, Watkin aims to provide stability and experience as Wales seeks to extend its unbeaten streak against Scotland in Cardiff.
Acknowledging Scotland’s formidable challenge, Watkin emphasized the importance of playing smart, disciplined rugby while capitalizing on scoring opportunities.
“We know that they (Scotland) are a great team,” Watkin stated. “It is going to be high intensity, but like I said, we just need to focus on ourselves and control what we can control.”
As Wales prepares to face Scotland, Owen Watkin’s journey serves as a testament to perseverance and determination, illustrating the power of resilience in overcoming adversity on the path to redemption.