Patchell thrilled by Wales shot

Date published: May 30 2013

Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell is delighted by his opportunity to tour with the senior side in Japan next month.

Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell is delighted by his opportunity to tour with the senior side in Japan next month.

Patchell was due to participate in the IRB Junior World Championships with the U20 side, but has been called up following an injury to Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland.

Having gone through an impressive season with Cardiff Blues, the 20-year old number ten has now been rewarded with a spot in the 27-man squad by interim Wales head coach Robyn McBride.

“I am thrilled, I know there is a lot of hard work to go yet, but it is great to have made the cut,” said Patchell.

“I was ready to play for the under-20s and had been preparing to go to France with them.

“Unfortunately for Rhys, he picked up an injury and it is devastating for a sportsman when you suffer a recurrence of your injury, but I have got the call and managed to sneak myself in.

“All the uncapped players going out there will want to get some game time, but you can't count your chickens before your eggs have hatched and I will have to work hard to achieve that.

“But the only expectation you have as a player is what you expect of yourself and I have said all year long that my only goal is to improve week in week out, and if you do that you will move in the right direction.

“Time will tell if I am ready to play Test rugby, I cannot say more than that, I may get an opportunity on tour, and hopefully if I get it I can make the most of it.

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