EXCLUSIVE: Jac Morgan was a part-time engineer four years ago and Dewi Lake turned to rugby after...
Theyre the former engineering apprentice and budding young gymnast who are close friends as well as team-mates and preparing to lead Wales at the World Cup as co-captains.
Jac Morgan and Dewi Lakes ascension to joint leaders of Warren Gatlands side for the tournament in France has come quicker than either could have expected.
At just 23 and 24 respectively, Morgan and Lake are seen as the future of Welsh rugby. And yet the pair are also its present too as the men in charge for the 2023 global showpiece.
Four years ago, when Wales reached the 2019 semi-finals, flanker Morgan was working for Swansea-based engineering firm Morgan Advanced Materials and playing rugby part-time having missed out on a senior contract with the Scarlets.
Growing up, hooker Lake was a very talented gymnast who competed on occasion alongside his now Wales colleague Tommy Reffell.
Tommy was another one of my gymnasts, Lakes mother Louvain told Mail Sport.
He was promising too, but he never beat Dewi! And it wasnt because I was coaching them!