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Watkin eyes Wales selection after try-scoring return for Ospreys

Watkin eyes Wales selection after try-scoring return for Ospreys

Owen Watkin is eyeing a place in Wales’ Guinness Six Nations squad after marking his return from injury with a try for Ospreys.

The 23-year-old centre made his comeback against Ulster on Saturday following a two-month lay-off due to knee surgery.

And Watkin hit the ground running at the Liberty Stadium, crossing after just 15 minutes as Ospreys went on to win 26-24 in the Guinness PRO14.

Watkin now hopes his performance will be enough to secure a spot in Wales’ side to face France at the Principality Stadium next Saturday (4.45pm).

“It is nice to have this game under my belt before heading back to Wales,” Watkin said.

“I hope to put my hand up for France and I will find out next week.”

Ospreys forwards coach Carl Hogg was also impressed by Watkin’s showing in a rain-affected match in Swansea.

“I thought he played very well,” Hogg said.

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“Considering he’s been out for a number of weeks, he looked sharp.

“It was a difficult game for outside backs to get involved, but he took his try very well and he looked creative and sharp with ball in hand.”

Wales opened up this year’s Championship with a 42-0 victory over Italy in Cardiff before going down 24-14 to Ireland at Aviva Stadium.