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Winnett focused on Blue and Black after dream come true

First Team News | 29th March 2024

Cam Winnett has been on cloud nine since breaking into the Wales set-up but his feet remain firmly on the ground as he returns to Cardiff colours against Munster.

The 21-year-old was one of the success stories of a difficult Six Nations for Wales and barely put a foot wrong as he made the full-back jersey his own. 

He admits it was a bittersweet experience to pick up the Wooden Spoon having also fulfilled a lifelong dream but his focus is now on Cardiff and a difficult end to the season. 

“It’s been my dream to play for Wales and to play that first game and to get my first cap was a dream come true but to play the rest of the five games as well, I really enjoyed my time there. 

“It's everything I've dreamt of through it. I’m definitely pinching myself with all that just happened.

“If you told me where I'd be right now at the start of the season, I wouldn't believe it. Obviously my target to start the season was to play for Cardiff, get some experience with Cardiff and go from there. But to play for Wales has been unbelievable. 

“I'm really happy but obviously we've got a really young team. We're building for the future and we’ve just got to trust that and keep pushing on. 

“So I really enjoyed my time with Wales but I was really looking forward to coming back to Cardiff as well. The boys here are really good and they've helped me to develop the way I am at this time.

“Munster will be tough, but we've got a good group of boys around us, so we'll give it a shot.”

Cardiff have never won at Thomond Park, with all their victories on the road against Munster coming in Cork, but Winnett and many of his teammates are yet to experience either. 

They are not burdened with the baggage of stats and the full-back believes the Blue and Blacks are well positioned to give it their best shot with little to lose against the reigning champions.

He added: “I haven't played there, but it's a good place to play, I think, so I'm really looking forward to it. 

“Playing out in Ireland is always tough, and the crowds are always good, but we'll go there and give it our best shot. We’ve just got to take it game by game and just focus on this week but every game we know we're going to give our all.”