Hard-working Davies ready to rumble

Date published: November 18 2014

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Wales centre Jonathan Davies is hoping his hard work in getting back to full fitness will pay off against the All Blacks.

Wales centre Jonathan Davies is hoping his hard work in getting back to full fitness will pay off against the All Blacks.

Davies has missed the first two Tests in November with a shoulder injury.

The 25-year-old Lions centre is ready to rise to the challenge of facing New Zealand, despite a lack of game time.

“I’ve worked really hard with the conditioners and physios to get fit, so hopefully I can deliver a performance,” said Davies.

“You work extremely hard here if you are injured. You don’t want to get injured when you are in the Wales camp because you probably get flogged more than the fit boys.

“You want to put yourself up against the best and that is what is going to happen on Saturday. Ideally, I could have had a bit more game-time coming into it, but that’s how the world goes.

“I have to make sure I work hard, know my roles and deliver what I have to.”

Davies added that Wales weren’t worrying about the All Blacks in their preparations for the match, calling on his side to maintain their concentration throughout.

“We just have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure there is clarity on all fronts, in attack and in defence.

“Going up against the best team in the world you need that, definitely. Obviously, it’s going to be very tough, but if we can get a performance for the full 80 minutes and not lose concentration, we are confident we can get a result.

“They (New Zealand) have put England away and after making 13 changes still had the strength in depth to beat Scotland. They’re the best team in the world, very comfortable on the ball and very intelligent.

“They play in the right areas, they retain the ball really well and, once they get it, they keep it. It’s down to us this week that when we get it, we keep it for a long period of time and starve them of possession.”

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