Will Thomas, an internal auditor with Bentley Jennison, represented Wales in the recent World Rugby Sevens tournament in Argentina.
Thomas is the only member of the Welsh squad who has to juggle his day job with a career as a top rugby player.
Thankfully for Thomas, his employers are also rugby followers and gave him time off, with pay, to allow him to represent his country for the first time.
During the day Thomas, who is 23, works as an internal auditor across a wide range of Bentley Jennisons clients in South Wales including Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust, the University of Glamorgan and the Welsh National Library.
But after work he pursues his rugby career as a highly promising back row forward. Having started playing at the age of six Thomas played for Risca and Newbridge before joining Welsh/Scottish premier league newcomers this season.
But the trip to Argentina was the first time he has represented his country.
Speaking of Thomas’ success, Richard Smith, the firm’s regional managing partner for the South said: ‘It is a great honour for Will, but also good news for Bentley Jennison that a member of our staff has been picked for Wales and we are keen to support him.
‘Although speaking as an England fan, that might not extend to when Wales are playing England!’
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