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Davies happy with competition

Bradley Davies believes competition for second-row places during Wales' World Cup campaign is "part of the deal".

Davies was an ever-present during the RBS 6 Nations campaign last season, and he also started two of Wales' three World Cup warm-up fixtures in August. But his World Cup has so far been limited to one start - against Namibia on Monday - as Wales coach Warren Gatland has preferred a starting combination of Luke Charteris and Alun-Wyn Jones.

"It's swings and roundabouts," said Davies. "One day you are in the team and playing on top of your game - the next, you are on the sidelines. But we are trying to develop world-class locks, so competition is part of the deal. It's good for Wales. Maybe in the past we haven't been blessed with that so much."

He added: "Not being picked for the South Africa game was a blow because I thought I had been playing well for Wales, but if someone is picked ahead of you just have to deal with it.

"If I am not picked, I am not picked. I don't make an issue of it. The other guy is better than me in the eyes of the selectors.

"I just try to train hard and make an impact off the bench if I get that opportunity."

Wales held their own against South Africa and Samoa, losing by a point to the Springboks and defeating the South Sea Islanders, which confirmed them as genuine quarter-final contenders and possibly beyond.

"In the past, we have been happy to perform well against the big sides. But once you start performing well, you want to get results," Davies added.

"Too many times we've been in a situation where people were saying 'Wales performed well, but they lost again'.

"That is what the summer was about, trying to make sure we are able to perform for the full 80 minutes. We're clinical, powerful and we look fit."


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