Lock Bradley Davies sayes he has learned from hardship ahead of Wales return
Bradley Davies insists his difficult season has made him stronger as he prepares for his return to the Wales side.
Last Updated: 03/06/13 3:41pm
Davies will make his comeback to Test rugby by captaining Wales on their two-Test tour of Japan which starts in Osaka on Saturday.
The Cardiff Blues second-row has not played for Wales since he was controversially knocked unconscious by New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore at the Millennium Stadium six months ago.
Hore received a five-week ban, but Davies needed hospital treatment and missed the following Test against Australia as well as this year's Six Nations tournament, ending his hopes of selection for the British and Irish Lions squad.
It was the second year that Davies had watched Wales win the Six Nations from the sidelines after he was handed a six-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Ireland's Donnacha Ryan in 2011.
The 26-year-old admits his spirits have been lifted by the arrival of his first child and is now focusing on getting his international career back on track.
"I'm so happy to be back with Wales after the season I've had, but you have to go through some things in life to learn from it and get better," he said.
"I'm not the sort of guy who looks back, I'm only looking forward.
"People say I've had a terrible year and on the field that's true. But off the pitch it has been a special year as I've had a baby girl [Elle]. She's healthy and that puts everything into perspective."
The lock has twice the number of caps as any other member of the tour party ahead of his 40th Test appearance in Japan.
But Davies insists he prefers to lead by example rather than give pre-match speeches.
He said: "I've captained Wales at age-grade levels and Cardiff Blues, but being Wales captain is different because of the profile of the position and the fact there's no-one above me in number of caps.
"But I don't want to try and be someone I'm not. I'm no good at inspirational speeches and that. My type of game is to lead from the front, get stuck in and hopefully that will help the lads."