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Former St Helens winger Regan Grace given surprise international call-up

Regan Grace made an electric start to his career in Rugby League with St Helens. The Port Talbot-born winger spent six years with the club between 2016 and 2022, before making the switch to Rugby Union.

Grace was a regular in a successful Saints side. He scored 88 tries in 141 appearances with the club. He lifted the Challenge Cup in 2021, and was the leading try-scorer in the competition that year, along with winning three Super League Grand Finals during his time at the club.

However, a run of serious injuries has hampered his progress in the 15-man code. He initially signed a contract with French Top 14 side, Racing 92, for the 2023 season, but ruptured his Achilles during his final season with the Saints.

A relapse of Grace’s injury in February 2023 prevented him from making an appearance for the French side. However, having successfully recovered from his subsequent injury, Grace signed a deal with Bath for the 2024-25 season, with an option to extend it for a further year.

Now, Grace has received a shock international call-up.

Regan Grace given surprise call-up

Former St Helens winger Regan Grace has signed for Bath

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Grace, who played Rugby Union for the Ospreys as a junior before his move to St Helens, could be the latest in a long line of famous Welsh dual-code internationals, having been called up to Wales’ summer squad. Grace made six international appearances for Wales in Rugby League.

Wales face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, however, as the fixture falls outside of the World Rugby International window, Grace will be unavailable for selection, as he plays for an English club.

But, Grace will be in contention to make his debut in Wales’ home fixtures against Australia in July. What makes his call-up even more remarkable is that he is yet to make a competitive appearance in club Rugby Union, given his injury problems.

Grace has appeared in a number of friendlies for Bath, but is yet to play a competitive first-team fixture. If he plays against Australia, he could make his competitive debut in an international fixture. He has been called up as cover for winger, Keelan Giles, who has suffered a groin injury.

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