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Rhys Priestland: "I would be surprised if I play for Wales again"

Rhys Priestland Credit: PA

Fly-half Rhys Priestland has said he would be surprised if he played for Wales again.

The Bath Wales international was captured by the Welsh Rugby Union's senior player selection policy last season that affects some players based outside Wales, meaning he requires a wildcard pick from head coach Warren Gatland.

Gatland's wildcard options are limited to four players this term and next, dropping to two for the 2019-20 World Cup season.

Priestland, who signed a new Bath deal seven months ago, remains wildcard material ahead of this season's autumn Tests, but the 30-year-old playmaker says he is not experiencing "sleepless nights" worrying about international matters.

The former Scarlets number 10 said:

My sole focus is with Bath - that is all I am concentrating on.

I would be surprised if I play for Wales again.

– Rhys Priestland

Asked if he thought he might come under Wales consideration this term, Priestland added:

I honestly wouldn't have a clue.

They've obviously got Biggs (Dan Biggar), Sam (Davies), Owen Williams and Rhys Patchell. They have got a lot of good options there, and a lot of young guys as well who are going to get better and better.

– Rhys Priestland