Uncapped Lewis 'played himself onto Wales tour' before disaster struck

Tomi Lewis went off injured
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Uncapped wing Tomi Lewis had ‘played himself onto Wales’ summer tour' before injury cruelly struck, according to Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel.

The 25-year-old from Brecon crossed for two tries in the west Walians’ Judgement Day win over the Dragons - meaning he’d touched down four times in the last three rounds of the URC season.

However, his impressive end to the campaign ended on a sour note as he was forced off with a leg injury in the second-half.

While Lewis, who rejoined the Scarlets last summer from Jersey and has enjoyed an impressive campaign, hasn’t been built up as a Wales bolter just yet, Peel felt he was heading towards a squad place before picking up his injury.

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“Time will tell, but it didn’t look good in the changing room,” said Peel afterwards. “If he is injured for a lengthy period of time, I’ll be gutted for him because he was excellent in the game.

“I think it’s his Achilles but I’m not sure what extent. I said to our analyst about 45 minutes in that Tommy has played himself onto the tour here.

“Then for something like that to happen not long after. Time will tell on that. I don’t know the ins and outs of it.”

Wales are perhaps lacking in wing options heading into the summer tour. The loss of Louis Rees-Zammit and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso’s decision to play for England are still being felt.

Rio Dyer and Mason Grady are almost certain to tour, but another regular in Josh Adams could be given the summer off after a lengthy season.

Lewis’ Scarlets team-mate Tom Rogers is still out injured, while Cardiff flyer Theo Cabango limped off in the second Judgement Day fixture.

The likes of Josh Hathaway and Keenan Giles could be options when Gatland names his squad on Monday, but based on recent performances, Lewis would certainly have warranted a discussion prior to being forced off.

The mere fact Peel even made that comment speaks volumes to the journey Lewis has been on in recent seasons.

“We’ve always known he was an attacking threat,” added the former Wales scrum-half. “He’s done it the hard way.

“We released him two years ago. He’s gone to Jersey and was excellent.

“We brought him back and he’s proved to everyone how good he is. That try with the defensive intercept was excellent and he made a really nice stop as well, forced a turnover on that wing.

“But the future is bright and he’ll come back stronger from this setback.”