Cap No 1197
Hailing from Wattstown – the same as Cardiff teammate Keiron Assiratti – Winnett attended Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Llwyncelyn and Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, both in Porth, going on to Coleg y Cymoedd.
On the rugby front, he played for Treorchy RFC up until Youth, while also representing Rhondda Schools, playing under Chris Jones and Neil Boobyer.
Winnett then progressed through the regional age-grade system and got his first taste of senior rugby with Cardiff RFC in the Welsh Premiership in October 2021. Just a couple of months later, aged only 18, he found himself starting a Champions Cup match against Harlequins at The Stoop, with the bulk of the first-team squad stranded in South Africa due to Covid pandemic travel restrictions. He marked the occasion with a try after just five minutes.
For the following 18 months, he had to bide his time lahying his club rugby for Cardiff RFC and featuring for Wales U20s. His fine form at the back for Cardiff caught the eye of fans and Welsh management alike to be one of five uncapped players named in Warren Gatland’s 2024 Wales Six Nations squad.