Wales rugby star Hallam Amos has made a ‘surprise’ visit to Monmouth School for Boys on the eve of the Six Nations championship.
The former Head Boy wowed the school’s pupils when he dropped in to assembly at The Blake Theatre this morning.
Hallam’s flying visit to his old school was kept secret from the boys, who were delighted to see the livewire wing return to his roots.
The 23-year-old handed out the school’s end-of-season rugby awards, and presented a Welsh jersey to the Captain of Rugby, Alexi.
Alexi said: “When you meet a former pupil like Hallam it gives you confidence that you can go all the way and follow in his footsteps.
“The boys loved his visit and you could see that as soon as he walked into The Blake Theatre.”
Hallam told the boys: “Rugby was always my main sport, although I did play a bit of tennis, football and cricket at school.
“Whether it’s sport, music or drama, enjoy your time at Monmouth playing and practising with your mates.
“Regardless of where you end up and, I have been lucky enough to play in front of 75,000 people in Cardiff against the All Blacks and against England when we beat them at the last World Cup, my favourite period of playing rugby will always be at Monmouth playing with mates.”
Hallam, who enjoyed seven years at Monmouth, had an impressive autumn series for Wales, notching tries against Australia and Georgia and setting up scores against New Zealand and South Africa.
Hallam has 15 caps to his name and played a total of 256 minutes – more than any other Wales player in the squad – in the autumn internationals.
The Old Monmothian plays his club rugby for Dragons in Newport and is in his fifth year studying medicine at Cardiff University.
He will be training with the Wales squad this week in preparation for their opening Six Nations match against Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday (2.15pm kick off).
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Dr Andrew Daniel, said: “It was a great honour to welcome Hallam back to school and a privilege for the boys to collect their rugby awards from him.
“It was wonderful to receive Hallam’s international jersey which we will frame and put on display in the pavilion.
“We are very proud of Hallam’s achievements and we wish him and his Wales team-mates the very best of luck in the Six Nations championship.”
Rugby awards 2017/18 season, 1st XV Captain – The “Glover Cup” – Alexi; 1st XV Player of the Year (voted by the players) – The Phillips’ Cap – Oliver S; 1st XV Most Improved Player – Alex Sl 1st XV Player of the Season – David; 2nd XV Player of the Year – Adam H; 2nd XV Most Improved Player – Matthew and Oliver HS; 3rd XV Player of the Year – Lucas; U16s Coaches Player of the Year – Jamie; U16 A XV Most Improved Player – Alistair; U16 A XV Player of the Year – Adam W; U15s Most Improved Player – Alex; U15B Player of the Year – Joe; U15A Player of the Year – Joshua; U14s Most improved player – Benjamin B; U14C Player of the Year – Ben R; U14B Player of the Year – Oliver; U14A Player of the Year – Theodore.