Josh Adams has come a very long way in a year.
From being dropped by Warren Gatland halfway through last year’s Championship, to cracking the six-man shortlist for the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship in 2019.
The 23-year-old has established himself as a firm fixture on the wing for Wales, and played a key role in their Grand Slam success.
One of only four players to start every game for Gatland’s side, he ended up with three tries in the Championship.
Considering the Grand Slam winners only managed ten across the entire Championship – that is a vital contribution.
He started with a bang in Paris, even though he didn’t get over the whitewash himself, making the key line break at the start of the second half to release Tomos Williams and start the fightback.
Then in Round Two against Italy it was he who turned the tide Wales’ way, once again in the second half, after the Azzurri were threatening a fightback.
Wales returned home for Round Three and the visit of England, and once more it was Adams rising high to put the seal on a dramatic win over Eddie Jones’ side.
By now confidence was coursing through the Worcester Warriors flyer, and in Round Four he scored his best try yet – leaving Blair Kinghorn for dead to dart over down the left wing.
And on Super Saturday, on a day where running rugby was at a minimum in a torrential downpour, Adams showcased his adaptability with another performance full of growing maturity.
Adams’ score against Scotland was a joy to behold, but undoubtedly the clincher against England is the one both he and the Welsh faithful are going to remember for longer.
Trailing 10-3 at the interval against a rampant England side who were two from two and looking back to their dominant best, Wales needed to roll up their sleeves.
They dug as deep as they could, and mustered an amazing 35-phase move that ended in Cory Hill’s score to put them in front.
But the game still needed to be put to bed, and Adams duly delivered.
The winger climbed high above Elliot Daly to collect Dan Biggar’s cross-kick, juggled the ball before recovering and stretching out to dot down the most important try of his career.