It’s fair to say that Wales’ Taine Basham selection call has gone off the radar in the past few days, with news being in danger of cutting multiple chimney pots.
And there was a fair amount of attention on some of those left out of Wayne Bivak’s summer test team, such as Jack Morgan and Tommy Revell.
All of those cases deserve big column inches.
But so is Basham.
When he attracted wider attention at the Under-20 World Championships in 2018, contributing 17 loads and four turnovers in an impressive personal show that helped Wales beat Australia, there were some who were still skeptical about how far he could go in the senior match.
He had all the skills, sure.
“He has the movement of a boxer,” was the enthusiastic Dragons coach at the time, Bernard Jackman.
“We have seen him make people look silly in training. He can beat people for fun. He is very fast and very evasive, with good dump skills.”
But there were concerns that the number 8 player who faced the junior Wallabies was too small, at 5ft 11lbs 13ft 9lbs at the time. Some also questioned whether he could roll up his sleeves and tackle the extra physique that top rugby players would achieve.
Maybe they didn’t know the family’s background.
Daddy David was a relentless prostitute in the amateur era, and he proved to be a huge influence on Tyne. Great-grandfather Johnny Basham Become a Welsh boxing legend During a career spanning 20 years.
The child has a hardness in his genes.
He is increasingly showing up in his senior career.
He is far from just a player with the ability to pass passes, unload and make flashy breaks.
Basham Jr. is likely to be found at the bottom of the plates doing dirty work.
On this basis, Dean Ryan noted in this week’s Dragons press call how Talywain’s RFC producer earned his place in the Wells group.
“Tyne came through his years of development as a No. 8 class and was very impressive with the ball, earning a lot of highlights for things that are easy on the eye,” said Ryan.
“He turned seven and some of the things you don’t see easily have become a priority.
“This is a tough turnaround for a young man and we have made it a real priority for Tyne and he has been involved in it.
“It’s the key parts he needs to get right to keep improving and at the same time still want some of his flashy parts.
“He has struck that balance really well in the last games and needs to keep working hard on it.”
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The open side can be a tough situation to master for someone who’s switched roles, but Basham, who is now 6ft 14lb, gets there. It still contributes X-factor moments but also delivers a large number of counts in defense and is an excellent breakdown factor.
“At seven, the ball is right in front of you the whole time and it’s quite an instinctive situation,” Ryan said.
“You can’t switch to regulation too quickly, you have to stay really tough on this ball. We’ve seen Taine has the attributes to work as an eight but we’ll leave him in his open place to continue to develop.
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Of course, Basham’s presence in Wales’s squad previously was one of the reasons he hasn’t been making more of a fuss about him this week.
But he has a lot of promise.
Now that he is in the first setting, he will want to stay for a long time.
The young Dragon named the bench for their last game of the season, the Rainbow Cup match against Leinster in Dublin on Friday night.