Bath’s Clark turned down Wales call up

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Bath centre Max Clark has revealed he turned down an approach from Wales over the summer in order to leave the door open to an England call up.

Clark, who was born in Bridgend, South Wales but educated at Bryanston School in Dorset, turned in a man-of-the-match performance on Sunday as Bath beat Leicester at Welford Road for the first time since 2003.

He has been capped at Under-20 level by England and could yet make the step up to the senior side having declined a place in the Wales squad for their games against Tonga and Samoa.

“It’s a tricky one,” Clark, who also has a Welsh mother, is quoted as saying by The Times.

“I’m only 21 and am half-English and half-Welsh and I don’t know where I want my future to go. It was put upon me [with the Wales call up] and I thought that at this age I wanted to keep my options open.

“I didn’t say no definitely, it was all quite sudden. I would never say never.”

Clark was approached in the wake of a fine end to the season with Bath. His appearances for the U20s do not tie the 21-year-old to England but playing for the senior side, Saxons or Sevens team would.

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