Hallam Amos has a neuroscience degree and he could be a junior doctor in three years’ time – but his immediate aim is prescribing World Cup success for Wales.
And the Cardiff Blues back might have a double role to play when Wales complete their Pool D schedule against Uruguay in Kumamoto on Sunday.
Amos will start on the wing, yet he could end up as fly-half.
Rhys Patchell is the solitary recognised number 10 in Wales’ matchday 23, suggesting a possibly busy afternoon for the versatile Amos.
“‘Gats’ (Wales head coach Warren Gatland) has said we’ve got a few options there this weekend. I am happy to step in if needs be,” Amos said.
“Because you have your hands on the ball early and have a chance to scan, it (fly-half) is a great place to play when teams are fatigued.
“As wings, we are given licence to get in at first receiver. It’s a number on your back in the backs, and you come accustomed to playing across the park.
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) October 11, 2019
“As soon as the first phase is done, you often find yourself at first receiver anyway.”
Away from rugby, 25-year-old Amos continues to build promising career options.
“I did a neuroscience degree last year from which I have now graduated, so I have that, and my bachelor of science degree, and I have three years left of medicine to do,” he added.
“Six years down, three to go, and that will be my medical degree done, when I will have a decision to make – whether to do what Jamie (former Wales centre Jamie Roberts) has done and carry on with the rugby, or go into being a junior doctor.
“I am thinking surgical, but a lot of people have preconceptions about stuff in medical school, and then when you get into being a junior doctor you have two years of four-month rotations, which is when most people work out what they want to do.
“My mates who I started university with and lived with are now in Manchester or London doing their junior doctor years, where often they formulate that decision, so I will not take anything off the table massively, but surgery is the sort of route I would like to go down.”
Amos has won 20 Wales caps, but that figure would probably have been higher had it not been for a number of injuries.
“Injuries are frustrating,” he added. “There have been times in my career where I have had a few games and then taken a knock.
“I have just turned 25 and had four shoulder operations, dislocated elbows, ankles, and yet I still have a few caps to my name. Hopefully, I will have a good run now.
“Touch wood, you don’t want to talk about it, but I am feeling more robust now than when I first came on the scene. It’s just getting that opportunity and putting your name out there for a run of games.”
Victory for Wales on Sunday would see them win Pool D and book a quarter-final appointment with France in eight days’ time.
And a fourth pool success in a row would confirm Wales’ best performance in a World Cup group phase since the inaugural tournament 32 years ago.