MID Wales continues to punch above its weight in the world of rugby.

This week two former students of Builth Wells based Ysgol Calon Cymru have taken the next steps in their respective careers in the game.

Brecon-born Cardiff Blues fly half Jacob Beetham has been called up to the Welsh squad for the forthcoming Six Nations under 20s tournament.

Meanwhile Adam Jones has taken on a professional refereeing contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Jones said: “There will be a lot of pressure now this has happened but I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.

“It allows me to train full-time and get the medical and nutritional side of it sorted as well but just to train with the other boys is a big, big bonus really.”

Jones’ immediate action as a full-time WRU employee will be this weekend on the other side of the world where he will be officiating in the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Jones has one eye on the forthcoming Olympic Games in Japan.

Jones said: “The opportunity of an Olympics, especially in Tokyo after last year’s World Cup, is something you can’t shy away from.”

WRU national referee performance manager Paul Adams backed Jones to seize his opportunity.

“Adam has been one of our most consistent referees over the last few years evidenced by the fact that he has been voted Premiership Referee of the Year for the last three consecutive years,” said Adams.

Meanwhile Elin Wozencraft of Sport Powys wished Jones all the best in his new career.

“Adam’s been a valuable and hard working asset to the team in his time with us at Ysgol Calon Cymru.

“He’ll be missed but we know he’ll do Powys proud in this next chapter of his refereeing career.”