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Davies ready to take chance for Wales

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017
Sam Davies was the hero for Wales in their victory over Japan © Provided by Press Association Sam Davies

Sam Davies is ready to take his chance at first five-eighth for Wales when they face Tonga in Auckland on Friday.

The 23-year-old has made just six replacement appearances for his country to date and was forced to play back-up to his Ospreys team-mate Dan Biggar in the Six Nations.

With Biggar one of 12 Wales players on duty with Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions, Davies is eager to impress at Eden Park in a Test which precedes the All Blacks-Samoa clash.

"It's about making sure I make the most of every opportunity I get," he said.

"I want to test myself at that level again. Hopefully I can go out there and do the job for the team. I haven't trained at 15, so I'm being seen as a 10. That's obviously my position and that's where I want to play."

The two-Test tour begins against Tonga before they face Samoa in Apia next week.

After shaking off a minor niggle, Davies is ready to go if called upon by head coach Robin McBryde.

"I had a little bit of a groin problem towards the end of the season, but I'm over that now and looking forward to getting going.

"Today was a great session with everyone getting stuck into each other and that's what we need. The competitive edge is there and that's a good thing because it's only going to benefit us in the games."

Scrum-half Gareth Davies and lock Adam Beard sat out training on Monday with minor niggles, but Wales expect both to be available to face Tonga.

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