Davies eyes World Cup spot

Wales veteran Mefin Davies hopes to get the chance to reassert his World Cup claims in this weekend's second Test against Australia in Brisbane. [more]

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Wales veteran Mefin Davies hopes to get the chance to reassert his World Cup claims in this weekend’s second Test against Australia in Brisbane.

The Leicester-bound hooker has been a bit-part player since Gareth Jenkins took over as coach with the likes of Matthew Rees, Rhys Thomas, Huw Bennett and Richard Hibbard moving up the pecking order.

However, the 34-year-old could return this weekend to add some composure to the line-out area following last Saturday’s 29-23 loss to the Wallabies in Sydney.

Rees has now returned home to be with his wife for the birth of their first child and Davies, having overcome a rib injury, hopes to take an opportunity to shine with the World Cup in mind.

Davies said: "There’s always hope and playing for your country is your biggest desire and you always aim for it.

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"If you get an opportunity to be in the squad it’s the place you want to be and I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few campaigns with a lot of different experiences.

"During the Six Nations I was there but not involved and felt out of it and wanted more. Then I was selected for the tour and it’s exactly what I wanted.

"But unfortunately I had an injury that set me back, then had a second opportunity and I’m grateful for it and hopefully I’ll be involved on Saturday."

Yet despite his lack of involvement, Davies feels criticism of the Welsh line-out has been unfair.

He added: "It’s easy to criticise and some people are making assumptions, but it’s a big-picture environment. If you don’t try things, you don’t know what the opposition are doing.

"So it’s a bit of a game of chess to some extent and it’s difficult for the caller to make a decision and you don’t know what the opposition are about until you make your first move."

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