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9th November 2018, 18:05

Olds: "It's been the highlight of my career"

James Olds says the experience of playing for Wales this autumn has been "better than anything I could've imagined".

James, the older brother of international halfback Ollie, was rewarded for a fantastic 2018 campaign at West Brisbane Panthers with his first call-up from Wales boss John Kear.

After impressing on the training ground, Olds was given the nod for the European Championship opener against France, scoring a try on his debut.

He then had a big influence on Wales' 50-12 win at Scotland, putting in a solid display on the right flank, particularly in the second-half.

Wales now have the chance to qualify for the World Cup as they face Ireland in the decider at the Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

"It really has been amazing," Olds said.

"I've played in the first two games and the thought of being able to help Wales book a place in the next World Cup is brilliant.

"It's been the highlight of my career and probably will be for years to come."

Like many members of Wales' squad, an appearance on Sunday will be the first time he has turned out for the Dragons at home. 

"I'm really looking forward to it as everything is on the line," Olds said.

"I've been waiting to play at home and sing the national anthem in front of the home crowd since I was given the call-up.

"It's going to be a great occasion and I know everybody is up for it."

Although this is the first time Olds has been in an intensive training camp environment, he has relished every minute.

"I'm really enjoying it," he said.

"You have a day or two to relax between training and then you're straight back to it.

"Even though you're only together for a couple of days at a time, you feel like you've known everybody for years as we all get on so well."

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