Welsh teen fly-half signs for one of France’s most famous clubs when they watch the highlight reel of their box of talent

Welsh teenager Tyler Morris has signed for French Pro D2 club Beziers.

The 18-year-old from Aberdare traveled to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France this week to begin a three-year arrangement with an organization that was once the dominant force in French rugby, winning 10 championships between 1971 and 1984 and Blame the players. Like Alain Esteve, Alain Paco and Michelle Palmy. You can read more about those two legends here.

Fly-half Morris has previously been part of Cardiff Rugby’s age-grade system and has also spent time at Hartpury College.

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But now he is venturing to one of the most ancient cities in France to play his rugby within nine miles of the Mediterranean.

“I look forward to it,” he said. “I have signed a three-year senior academy contract and I am excited about rugby and living in France and sampling a different culture and meeting new people.

“The move came through an agent. I made a highlight reel and didn’t think much about it, but an agent contacted me to say that a club might be interested and that I would mind if he sent them some bits. I said, ‘Yeah, crack on’. Beziers came back two weeks later with a contract and it went from there.

“It’s all a whirlwind, but I’m going to go with it. If I didn’t try, I would always wonder what could have happened and no one would want to be in that situation.”

It’s a bold call to mind, especially to something so young.

Morris came to Aberkwamboi before trying his luck in age-grade rugby with Cardiff and on the college scene.

If they get a chance in Pro D2, it could be some experience. The division is the gateway to the top 14 in France.

It is a league that has the next generation of players – Demba Bamba, Anthony Bouthier, Thomas Ramos and Killian Gerasi – as well as household names playing out their careers.

Inevitably, drama happens, whether as the result of setbacks, spectacular efforts, dispatches or late twists. France international Damien Chaully was quoted in rugby world Saying last year: “It’s like Game of Thrones. Something keeps happening in every episode.”

Not for nothing, then, it has been called the craziest league in rugby. For Morris, the first step will be to confirm his promise with a strong performance in training. His senior academy deal means one won’t expect too much anytime soon, but if he is anything to go by, there could be opportunities for him with the front liners.

“It would be a dream to work for,” he said. “I know a lot has to happen and I’m not getting ahead of myself, but I’m ready to try and give my best shot.

“I think it’s about being in the right place at the right time. It’s a different opportunity. I just thought: ‘Why not?’ It’s an opportunity to get out and do something I love. My thought was: ‘I’m still young. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work and there are always options. Don’t try, can’t learn.

“If it doesn’t work out, well, I have great support from my family and a good support network. But I have the opportunity, so let’s see what I can do with it.”

It’s a refreshingly positive attitude from a young player whose highlight reel on YouTube shows he can actually play, with breaks, sweet passes and goal-kicks linked to touchlines.

“The question at the limit was how would I fit in a professional rugby environment at 5ft 8in and 13st 5lb, but I don’t bother with that. If anything, it made me hungry and more determined to prove people wrong is,” he said.

“I want to do well and repay Beziers for believing in me.” What would be worth keeping an eye on for adventure fare connoisseur Valley Boy.

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