Kohn savours 'surreal' Wales call-up

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:09
Large olly kohn quins Large rob howley h s Large sam warburton and rob howle Large rob howley points 630

Uncapped Harlequins lock Olly Kohn said it felt "surreal" to have been added to Wales's squad.

Uncapped Harlequins lock Olly Kohn said it felt "surreal" to have been added to Wales's squad for this season's Six Nations following his shock call-up on Friday.

Defending Grand Slam champions Wales have been depleted by a series of second row injuries with Alun-Wyn Jones (shoulder), Luke Charteris (knee) and Bradley Davies (ankle) all currently unavailable while Ian Evans is doubtful for the tournament opener at home to Ireland a week on Saturday because of a knee problem.

That has led interim head coach Rob Howley, guiding Wales while Warren Gatland takes charge of the British and Irish Lions ahead of this year's tour of Australia, to turn to Kohn.

Although born in Bristol, south-west England, the 31-year-old Kohn qualified for his adopted country thanks to a late grandfather from the Rhymney Valley in south Wales.

Kohn has made over a hundred appearances for current English Premiership champions Quins since arriving from Bristol in 2006.

He is now the third uncapped lock in Wales's Six Nations squad, joining Ospreys forward James King and Newport Gwent Dragons second row forward Andrew Coombs.

Kohn's inclusion took the overall tally of newcomers to six with dashing wing Eli Walker and Cardiff Blues back-rows Josh Navidi and Andries Pretorius already selected by Wales.

"Receiving the call-up was surreal, and I can't wait to join up with the squad this weekend," Kohn said. "It is a really proud moment for me and a great opportunity to show what I can do.

"It will be good to meet the squad, get training and hopefully be part of a successful Six Nations campaign with Wales."

Howley insisted Kohn was no panic pick, saying: "We looked at Olly when we initially selected the Six Nations squad, and we have brought him in now as we believe he will be an experienced addition.

"He has been performing very well for Quins and has been a feature in their pack. He is a strong ball-carrier and dominant at the set-piece, and it will be good to see him in the international environment."

Howley is due to announce his team to play Ireland on Thursday.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 October 2017
Griquas v Griffons 16h30 Kimberley
Glasgow Warriors v Kings 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 AJ Bell Stadium
Ospreys v Dragons 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Munster 19h35 Sportsground
Sat, 28 October 2017
Australia v Barbarians 04h00 Sydney
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham
Treviso v Edinburgh 14h00 Stadio Monigo
Saracens v London Irish 14h00 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Wasps 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Sharks v Western Province 14h00 Durban
Zebre v Cheetahs 16h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ulster v Leinster 17h15 Kingspan Stadium
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 29 October 2017
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Kingston Park
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
England 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0
France 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0