Six Nations 2022: Seb Davies, a versatile forward from Wales, prepares for the France test

Cardiff forward Seb Davies has played 15 internationals for Wales since making his debut against Tonga in June 2017
Seb Davies, Cardiff forward, has played 15 internationals since his debut against Tonga on June 2017, 2017.
Venue:Principality Stadium in Cardiff Date:Friday, March 11 Kick-off:20:00 GMT
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Seb Davies, New Wales flanker is known for his versatility.

He was a youngster who started rugby as a centre player before moving to the pack.

Davies has been a prominent lock in Cardiff since then. However, Wales tried him before as a number 8.

Now, Davies is being asked to pack down as a blind-side back-rower against Grand Slam-chasing France.

“I was a bit surprised as I haven’t played six for quite some time. [but]Davies said, “I'm evidently very happy.”

“I feel like I have had a good impact from the bench. I'm quite excited.”

Davies, 25, was a late replacement for Moriarty in the number six position after the 23-19 defeat to England.

“I felt good,” said Davies.

“We were forced to play with the ball a lot while we were in our half.

“I was happy to be able to hold the ball a few more times. I am quite proficient at offloading and getting on the ball.

“While I was disappointed with the results, it felt good on a personal basis.”

Wayne Pivac, Wales coach has been looking to find a player that can both play a lock and a flanker role. Davies was in line for that role.

Davies said, “I think it has been like that since a few years.”

“I can slot into either the second row, which is what I have mostly played for Cardiff, or I can play six.

“It's good to have someone who can play in both of these positions.

With Davies acknowledging that flexibility can be a curse, versatility is sometimes seen as a blessing and a curse.

Davies added, “I probably think so.”

“Sometimes if coaches are looking for an out and out six or a out-and–out second row, then I guess they wouldn’t go for that.

“I try to see it in positive light. Because I'm tall and many sixes are shorter than me, I don't believe that many sixes can leap like a second row.

“Things such as the line-out options, I feel at home there. It's always something positive to me.

“I consider my attacking game my greatest asset.” Good decision making about whether to pass or carry, and getting around the park.

Davies said that he admires his Cardiff captain Josh Turnbull who has been a lock and flanker for the past few years.

Davies said, “Josh jumped in and off of six and the second row especially for Cardiff,”

He's done an excellent job. He's probably more adept at attacking than defending, but I would say Josh is up there among the ones I have seen a lot.

Davies will have the opportunity to travel down alongside Josh Navidi from Cardiff, who will take over the open-side flanker role.

After sustaining a shoulder injury that kept him out of action for nearly five months, Navidi played just 80 minutes last weekend for Cardiff against Ulster.

Davies said, “He's great and a major player for us.”

“He is a strong ball carrier and defender and can get over the ball with his hard work.”

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