Priestland knows the risks of move

Date published: April 14 2015

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Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland admits he is worried about his Test future when he swaps the Scarlets for Bath from next season.

The 28-year-old, who has been at the Pro12 side since 2007, opted to make the move at the end of 2014/15 and knows the possible consequences.

However, he is keeping a level head and not letting it affect his game.

"I'm comfortable with my decision, but I think it will have a negative effect on my international career. It's something I'll have to live with," the pivot told BBC Sport.

Priestland, who slotted the match-winning kick for the Scarlets against Zebre last weekend, added that he might have had second thoughts about leaving had he known Stephen Jones was returning to the region in a coaching role next term.

"I'm not going to lie, I would have loved to have worked with Steve [Stephen Jones]," said Priestland.

"I think he's a very knowledgeable man, especially about rugby and he's a great guy as well.

"It was a shame when I found out he was coming back, but I'd already made my decision and I've just got to stick with that."

He added: "I'm sure Steve will do a great job with the Scarlets.

"There's a lot of quality players down there and I'm sure he's the right man to sort of mould them and get the team playing they way I know that they can potentially.

"Hopefully Steve has a lot of success as a coach as he did as a player down there."

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