Ioan Lloyd is the talk of the English Premiership today after a stunning performance and moment of pure magic inspired Bristol to a 32-15 victory over Sale Sharks on Friday night.

The Welsh youngster earned rave reviews for his performance at Ashton Gate, creating a bonus-point clinching try out of nothing with an outrageous basketball-style offload that left spectators open-mouthed.

Numerous national media reports showered him with praise, while viewers took to social media to acknowledge “a very special player” and “ridiculous talent”.

BT Sport pundit Ben Kay said: “I haven’t seen many better offloads than that one from Ioan Lloyd. The way he plays the other one and drags the defender even closer and then tips it over the top is absolutely fantastic.”

The Daily Mirror’s report added: “The 20-year-old somehow managed to unearth a pocket of space down the right flank before two defenders clambered to strip the ball, only for him to break out some elite basketball skill.

“With angles all around him narrowing, Lloyd opted for the up-and-over to pop out a superb pass for the supporting Callum Sheedy, who put substitute scrum-half Andy Uren in under the posts.

“It’s the kind of manoeuvre one might expect to see from 6’9″ Los Angeles Lakers talisman LeBron James more so than Bristol baller Lloyd, who has something of a reputation for thrilling Premiership audiences.”

The 20-year-old, who is only 5ft 8in, was identified early on in Wayne Pivac’s reign as a massive talent, but he hasn’t featured in a Test for Wales since 2020 when he struggled defensively at international level. Lloyd was part of Wales’ squad in the summer but didn’t play a match.

He is now hoping for a call for this year’s Six Nations, with his ability to play outside-half, full-back and wing offering Pivac various options. Many fans are keen for him to be included in the squad, such is his unique talent and potential.

Lloyd has been in impressive form over the past few weeks, with Callum Sheedy also showing real signs he is returning to his best.

Bristol’s Welsh flanker Dan Thomas was many people’s man of the match against Sale, but he once again appears likely to be overlooked by Wales.

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