Massive padlock Will Rowlands seems to be giving up his Test career in order to seek a career in France with Racing 92. This move was likely made in order to chase a higher salary.
According to what Alex Bywater writes in the Daily Mail, a crucial factor in his decision to go was the lack of clarity about what Dragons RFC would be giving the 6’8″, 123-kilogram former Wasps player.
His departure would, of course, bring an end to his Test career, in which he has won a total of 21 caps. It is currently unknown whether or not Wayne Pivac will continue to include him in his preparations for the Rugby World Cup; this, of course, assumes that Pivac will not be fired in the interim.
The 31-year-old player is likely near the peak of his earning potential, and it is quite likely that he will face intense competition in the second row after the year 2023, with players such as Christ Tshiunza and Dafydd Jenkins rising up through the ranks.
The formidable lock original signed what was touted as a long-term deal with the Dragons at the beginning of the 2021/22 season. At the time, Dean Ryan was the head coach of the Dragons. Ryan has subsequently resigned from his position with the Dragons, but the club has not disclosed the details of the agreement that was reached by both sides.
Rowlands moved to the Newport-based team from the now-defunct English Premiership side Wasps
Where he played for just under a century of games throughout seven seasons. During his time with Wasps, he made just under a hundred appearances.
Rowlands received his education at Rugby School. He then attended Warwick University, where he majored in business administration and management. After that, he continued his education at Pembroke College Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management. During his tenure at Oxford University, he was a member of the Wasps Academy on a part-time basis and also participated in the varsity matches that were played versus Cambridge University in 2012 and 2013.
In 2012, he made his first appearance for the English Premiership club in a match against Leicester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The following year, he was offered a contract with the first team.
After spending the most of the 2015–2016 season on loan with Jersey in the Championship, Rowlands eventually returned to Wasps and made his debut in the English Premiership on the road against Saracens.
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