Wales fly-half Sam Davies keen to take chance against Tonga
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 12/06/17 9:43am
Sam Davies is ready to take his chance at fly-half for Wales when they face Tonga 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.
But with Biggar one of 12 Wales players on duty with the British and Irish Lions, Davies is eager to impress at Eden Park in Auckland, in a game that takes place ahead of New Zealand's game with Samoa at the same venue.
"The team for Friday hasn't been picked yet, but I'd like to think I'm going to get a bit of game time on this tour," Davies said.
"It's about making sure I make the most of every opportunity I get. I've had a few snippets here and there, but the most game time I've had was in the Six Nations against Italy. I really enjoyed that and thought I played well.
We know it's going to be a physical encounter with Tonga. They're going to want a broken game.
"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 on June 23.
After shaking off a minor niggle, Davies is ready to go if called upon by head coach Robin McBryde.
"I'm feeling pretty good and have been enjoying it since we got here," he added. "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.
"We know it's going to be a physical encounter with Tonga and we know they're going to want a broken game. We've got to try and stop that by sticking to our structures and systems."
Watch Tonga v Wales on Friday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 6.20am.