2012 January 5
Scarlets' Ben Morgan chooses England for international dutyScarlets' Ben Morgan chooses England for international duty
Llanelli Scarlets number 8 Ben Morgan has announced his attention to play international rugby for England, telegraph.co.uk reports.
Recent months had seen a tug of war between Wales and England to get the 22-year-old to pin his colours to the mast. Now, after thinking "long and hard" about his decision, Morgan has come down on the English side - making him eligible for selection in this year's Six Nations campaign.
Born in Bristol, the player moved west of the border in 2008 to play for Merthyr Tydfil. Since then, Morgan - coming in at six feet, three inches tall - has played for Cardiff under-20s and Llanelli Scarlets, where he is currently under contract until 2013.
Realising Morgan's potential, both Wales and England were vying for the powerhouse to pull on their rugby jumpers, though Morgan refused to be drawn too quickly. By taking his time to make the decision, Morgan passed up an opportunity to play with England Saxons as it would have sealed his fate much earlier.
Morgan has finally come to a decision though, opting to stick with the country of his birth.
"I feel privileged and honoured that both Wales and England have been following me," he told BBC Sport. "But I'm English, I grew up supporting England and as a youngster I always dreamt of playing for England one day.
"It has taken me a while to think over and discuss with my family before I came to the decision of where I'd like to focus my ambitions for the future. Ultimately, if given the opportunity at international level, I want to try and take things forward with my home country."