The Unnoticed Release of James Ratti, A Story of Missed Opportunities and Persistence in Welsh Rugby

The Unnoticed Release of James Ratti, A Story of Missed Opportunities and Persistence in Welsh Rugby

...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.

James Ratti’s recent release from Cardiff Rugby went unnoticed, indicating that some players are more attention-grabbing than others.


A year and a half ago, Ratti was on his way up, with an excellent performance for Cardiff in the Heineken Champions Cup against Harlequins.

After being included in Wayne Pivac’s panel for the 2022 Six Nations, Ratti was excited about his opportunity to play for Wales.

However, he did not get a chance to play for the team due to the coach’s decision.

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Ratti struggled to secure a start for Cardiff in the United Rugby Championship, even though Taulupe Faletau had switched to the Arms Park from Bath.

His contract is set to expire at the end of the season, making him vulnerable to Welsh rugby’s financial pressures.

Despite this, Ratti could still prove a valuable pick-up for one of the regions.


Ratti has plenty to offer, as an age-grade coach who guided him at Dunvant early in his career said he was an excellent player with exceptional ball skills and other qualities.

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Although there have been rumors of a return to the Ospreys, nothing concrete has emerged.

Ratti has never been one to complain, and his humility and hard work have earned him rewards in the past, and it is likely that he will find a club soon.

It is unfortunate that Ratti’s opportunity to play for Wales never materialized, and his playing time for Cardiff was limited, leading to his release.

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However, Ratti’s potential to be an asset to a team is undeniable.

Welsh rugby’s current financial squeeze and desire to make every penny count may make Ratti an appealing option for one of the regions.

Ratti’s story is a reminder that players can quickly go from being a rising star to being overlooked, but their talent and hard work will eventually be recognized.

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