3:43pm Monday 28th October 2013
THE MUM of rising rugby prospect Cory Allen has spoke of her pride at watching him ascend into the ranks of the international squad.
Rhoose's Cory, 20, was selected as one of three uncapped players in Warren Gatland's 35-man squad for the upcoming autumn internationals against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia.
This selection follows a successful summer that saw the former Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg pupil score the Try of the Tournament against Fiji in the Hong Kong Sevens and then break into the Cardiff Blues' starting 15.
Having been Cory's biggest fan – and kit-man – for his whole career, mum Julie Grady, of Rhoose Point, Rhoose, couldn't be happier to see him making his way on to the international stage.
"I'm absolutely over the moon," she said. "I'm so proud of him. He's worked hard for it and sacrificed a lot, socially and all the rest of it."
Mum-of-three Julie, 47, said it still felt surreal to see her son being touted as one the future stars of Welsh rugby.
She said: "To me he's still my baby boy, I still think of him coming in and needing his boots cleaned.
"I look up to people like Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton and he's mingling with them. He is really, really grounded though, he takes it all in his stride. He's just doing what he loves."
That said, Julie admitted that if he makes it onto the pitch she may not be able to follow Cory's casual lead.
"If he gets selected to play it'll really hit home," she said.
"To see him putting on the Welsh shirt – I don't know what I'll do."
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