Cuthbert: Success hasn't sunk in yet
Wales' Grand Slam try hero Alex Cuthbert admits he has to pinch himself as he tries to comprehend his meteoric rise to prominence.
The 21-year-old wing scored the vital five-pointer in Saturday's 16-9 Millennium Stadium win over France, capitalising on a turnover to step inside Julien Bonnaire and beat another three defenders on his way to the line. The score was the Cardiff Blues' three-quarter's third in six Tests for his country.
He said: "I do have to pinch myself sometimes. Winning the Grand Slam has not sunk in at all, I haven't had a chance to think about it really as I am back with the Blues now, but maybe at the end of the season I will realise what has happened."
At the start of the season 6ft 6in Cuthbert had simply been looking to break into the Blues team after impressing during a spell on the world Sevens circuit.
But once he appeared at regional level his combination of pace and power made him impossible to ignore and he found himself winning his first cap in the December defeat to Australia.
And the Gloucester-born Hartpury College product, who qualifies for Wales through his Wrexham-born mother, says he has found it difficult to come to terms with how quickly his career has moved forward.
He added: "At the start of the season I would never have thought that this would happen but I was given the chance to play for the Blues and I have taking it and I am loving every minute of it and hopefully I can develop and keep getting better as a player."
While the full scale of what he has achieved may not yet have dawned on Cuthbert, he has a clear recollection of his crucial score against Les Bleus.
He said: "I saw Dan Lydiate knock down Thierry Dusautoir and Alun-Wyn Jones win the ball. Dan was there to move the ball away and the call was for quick hands. I saw the space and it opened up and I couldn't believe it when I scored.
"There was no space initially so I stepped in, saw the gap and went for it. The boys did awesome and we were delighted to get the win and Dan had a brilliant game."