Wales look to have lost out to England in the tug-of-war to land gifted Bristol scrum-half Harry Randall, according to reports.
The Mail claim the pocket rocket nine who is wanted by Wales boss Wayne Pivac will be named in Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad today.
England coach Jones reveals his hand close to tea-time today with little scope to surprise after being limited to 28 players for the tournament.
But it is reported one of those is likely to be Randall, the 23-year-old from Slough who grew up in the Amman Valley and qualifies for Wales at senior level despite playing 14 times for England under-20s.
Randall's stellar performances for Bristol in the English Premiership have caught the attention of Jones and Pivac, who have each been eyeing him as their potential Test nine.
However, it is said the youngster, who moved to Hartpury College and played for Gloucester before joining Bristol, has plumped for England.
If so it will come as a blow to Wales, given Randall has been in sensational form as Pat Lam's side have climbed to the top of the Gallagher Premiership table.
Asked about Randall, Pivac said: "He’s a very good player. We’ve been to a lot of Bristol games so we’ve seen him and know he’s an ex Scarlet.
"We know his background but we also know he has English parents and is very proud about that fact.
"At the moment we’re leaving Harry and it’s a decision he will make when and if he is selected by one or other country."
Jones' swoop is likely to see Randall join Ben Youngs and Dan Robson as England's three scrum-halves for the Six Nations.
Pivac has opted for Tomos Williams, Gareth Davies and Kieran Hardy as his three nines for the tournament, springing a surprise by omitting the vastly experienced Rhys Webb.
Youngs has been in good form for England, but he is 31 and at eight years his junior Randall may well see an opportunity to become Jones' first-choice in the position in the build up to the next World Cup.
Randall has been in red-hot form for the Bears this season, helping them rise to the top. That charge culminated with a 20-7 victory over defending Heineken Champions Cup and league winners Exeter Chiefs last time out, with the scrum half named man of the match in a try scoring display.
The 5ft 8in half back has continued to be the most dangerous, sniping, quick tap taking scrum half in the Premiership, while bringing an extra level composure to his game management and accuracy in his box kicking.
His exploits on the pitch has universally seen Randall named in the Premiership teams of the season so far which are being banded around and Jones and Pivac have each taken note.