Rio carrot for Davies

Date published: April 12 2016

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Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac has revealed that openside flanker James Davies has been approached by Team GB to play at the Rio Olympics.

Davies, who has played Sevens for Wales in the past, was in excellent form for Scarlets before injury hampered the mid-part of his season.

But now back to full fitness, it appears Team GB are interested in the flanker, with regional boss Pivac revealing contact has been made.

"He has been spoken to I believe, who by I'm not too sure," he told BBC Sport before stressing it is a big decision for the 25-year-old.

"It's about the big picture in terms of his career and he needs to decide if he wants to be a sevens player or a 15s.

"He's in a different position to somebody playing regular Test-match rugby.

"There's also the potential selection in 15s.

"It's nice to have possibilities on the horizon, but we have to manage the players as well.

"All those things have to be factored in, but he actually has to be selected for one of those sides before he has a decision to make."

Adding to Davies' decision is the news that Warren Gatland's Wales side will be without openside flanker Justin Tipuric for their tour to New Zealand due to concussion, which means there is a spot vacant in his squad.

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