NEW Wales star man Louis Rees-Zammit has made himself indispensable to the national side already according to a former prop.

David ‘Flats’ Flatman, former England, Saracens and Bath prop, said that not only should Rees-Zammit be the first name on the teamsheet, he should also "be Lions captain and Prime Minister".

However, Flatman was quick to caution that the risk with such talent is "to over-hype him too early".

Wayne Pivac’s men made it two from two in the Six Nations by edging out Scotland 25-24 in a cracker at Murrayfield.

Scotland, buoyed by their stunning Calcutta Cup win against England at Twickenham, hit the front through tries by wing Darcy Graham and full-back Stuart Hogg to lead 17-3.

Wales responded either side of half-time through wing Rees-Zammit and full-back Liam Williams before the red card.

Six days after Peter O’Mahony saw red for Ireland after a dangerous ruck clearout, Zander Fagerson was dismissed for the same offence after 53 minutes with the Scots leading 17-15.

The prop clattered into Wyn Jones and while it was a tad more unlucky than the Irish dismissal, there was contact to the head at the breakdown.

Rees-Zammit's impact impressed Flatman, who says that the winger is more than "just the fastest kid in school".


“He’s clever, he’s brave and he’s horrid to play against," he said.

"It’s taken him all of about an hour and a half to become indispensable for Wales.

On the red card, Flatman agreed with the officials.

“Zander Fagerson’s red card was a red card," he said.

"Rugby is changing and, as much as it all seems to be about the elite end of the game, the reality is the exact opposite.

“While the elite game is the most visible, it is rightly being used as a vehicle to make safer all those games of rugby that are played on muddy, isolated fields, away from specialist medical care and high definition cameras.

“Red cards like Fagerson’s are literally designed to make children safer on Sunday mornings.”

Despite ultimately falling short, Flatman praised the Scottish performance and, in particular Stuart Hogg.

“Stuart Hogg reasserted his world-class threat at the weekend, not that he really needed to," he said.

"Even now, his explosiveness can shock defenders, as well as people watching from their sofas.

“His courage to attack when others would play it safe, coupled with his physical ability, make him an absolute shoo-in for a starting Lions spot. As things stand, nobody else is coming close."