Gareth Davies will revisit World Cup glory as part of Wales’ Twickenham build-up
Scrum-half Davies’ try set up a pulsating victory over England at Twickenham during the 2015 World Cup.
Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies will seek out “a little confidence boost” this week by revisiting the 2015 World Cup win against England.
Davies scored a stunning try eight minutes from time at Twickenham to put Wales in touching distance of toppling the World Cup hosts.
His half-back partner Dan Biggar’s penalty shortly afterwards sealed a 28-25 win and England ultimately suffered a demoralising pool stage exit.
Davies will be back at Twickenham on Saturday as one of only three starting XV survivors from that late September evening – centre Scott Williams and lock Alun Wyn Jones are the others – with England once again in his sights.
And at some point before the weekend, Davies will head to a laptop at Wales’ training retreat in the Vale of Glamorgan countryside and watch the game once more.
“It’s a big part of my homework, to look back on previous games against them,” he said. “I will do that this week.
“I will look back at that game in the World Cup and other games in the Six Nations to see if I can pick up any traits.
“We’ve got laptops in our team room. Everything is on the server there so we can look at whatever we want – any game you can think of is available on there.
“It (2015 game) is just a reminder and a little confidence-boost, isn’t it? It’s good to look back at when we were successful.
“I swapped shirts with (England scrum-half) Ben Youngs that day, so I’ve got his shirt hanging up in my house. There are a couple of photos floating about, too.
“The atmosphere was amazing, full house, 80,000-odd, a packed stadium with a lot of Welsh fans there. That helped us a lot towards the end as we had to grind out the win.
“It’s one of the favourite moments in my career so far. There are others up there – winning the league with the Scarlets last year, that famous (European Champions Cup) win against Bath a few weeks ago. But that try in the World Cup is up there.”
Davies’ 60-metre interception try set the ball rolling for Wales when they pummelled Scotland 34-7 in last Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations opener, but title holders England away from home represents a tougher challenge.
They are unbeaten at Twickenham in the Six Nations since Wales toppled them six years ago, and while Davies acknowledges the degree of difficulty, he is also relishing another tilt at England’s finest.
And that will also mean a probable scrum-half battle with Danny Care, who looks set to replace Youngs after the Leicester number nine suffered a season-ending knee injury on Six Nations duty in Italy three days ago.
“He is a world-class scrum-half,” Davies added. “He is a very good player and a very big attacking threat.
“We are going to have to be switched on. When he puts his hands on the ball, we will be expecting all sorts of things from him.
“England are one of the form teams in the world and we are expecting a massive challenge. It should be a cracking game.”