Davies eager to restore Welsh pride

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 12:23
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NEWS: Wales lock Bradley Davies is determined to restore the nation's pride against Argentina on Saturday.

The second-row started in the disappointing 8-32 defeat by Australia in Wales' first Test match. Rob Howley's men have no time to dwell on the performance, as they prepare to face a Pumas side fresh from a 54-20 victory over Japan in Tokyo.

He admitted  losing is never a good feeling and is determined to improve.

Davies said: "We're all a bit gutted with how the game panned out. We feel like we let ourselves down on the field.

"But it is what it is. We'll have a meeting to go through the bones of it and it won't be pleasant viewing. We have to take it on the chin and move forward. We're all proud Welshman and we hate losing, especially in that manner.

"But we have to pick ourselves up and if we win the next three games then everyone will say it was a successful Series, so that's what we have to strive for. We want to improve, but the biggest thing for us is to take what we can and learn,"

Davies added: "I know what it's like in Wales. You go to work on a Monday and if Wales have lost your week is terrible, if Wales have won it picks you up for the week. Hopefully, we can put a smile on people's faces this weekend."

Wales could be boosted by the return of captain Sam Warburton, Jonathan Davies, Alun Wyn Jones and Liam Williams. And Davies reckons his men will have to hit top form to tame the Pumas on Saturday.

He said: "We know Argentina are going to present a massive challenge for us. They have been playing some very good rugby and the way they have improved from the World Cup has been phenomenal.

"And we knew what the challenge would be. We have got to pick ourselves and we have shown over the years that we can do that,"

Meanwhile,  Wales have called Ospreys wing Keelan Giles into their squad after releasing Hallam Amos due to injury.
Amos suffered a shoulder injury in the defeat to Australia and has been released back to the Newport Gwent Dragons.
Giles, who has been an additional player, training alongside the squad since the start of the campaign, is now part of the full squad.

Source: wru.wales