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Davies determined to retain place


Bradley Davies

Bradley Davies

Bradley Davies

Bradley Davies has vowed to scrap for a World Cup place after dropping down Wales' second-row pecking order.

Cardiff Blues lock Davies has been a virtual Wales ever-present over the past 18 months since making his full Test debut during the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship. But he missed out on selection for the opening Pool D clash against South Africa last Sunday when Wales coach Warren Gatland fielded a pairing of Luke Charteris and Alun-Wyn Jones.

Gatland is likely to make few changes for next Sunday's appointment with Samoa in Hamilton, so Davies knows he has a fight on his hands and he said: "Obviously, I was bit gutted not to be starting against South Africa, but it is one of those things. For me now, it's about training well and putting pressure on Luke and Alun."

He added: "Rugby is like that - it's swings and roundabouts. One day you are the first choice and you are playing well, but the next day you are out.

"But I still believe in my ability and I know I can offer a lot of things other locks can't, but, look, Luke and Alun were outstanding at the weekend, and I respect them for that.

"Whoever gets the lucky seat, as they say, whoever starts knows they have got another second-row pushing. We are a good group of guys, us three. We talk a lot about the game and we bounce off each other.

"We are all supportive of whoever gets the start. I am probably not quite in favour at the moment, but I have got to keep working hard and push my way back in."

Wales have entered the realms of knockout rugby in pursuit of realising their quarter-final ambitions, knowing they cannot afford another defeat following the 17-16 Springboks loss.

And Davies added: "Winning is the next step for us, finishing these games off. We have said it in the past about pushing teams very close but not quite having the win at the end.

"Maybe it's a bit of luck, but once it comes - that big win - I think a lot will follow. Now, it is quite easy, it is knockout rugby. If we don't win every game, we are out."

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