Tandy backs ‘outstanding’ Davies

Date published: July 1 2015

Ospreys boss Steve Tandy has every confidence that fly-half Sam Davies will step up and shine in the absence of Dan Biggar during the World Cup.

Davies is set to enjoy plenty of game time during the early season as Biggar competes for Wales, but he is boosted by experience gained in 2014/15.

The 21-year-old showed plenty of quality in the PRO12 last season and that leaves head coach Tandy more than confident he will do a job for them.

"We have every confidence Sam will do a good job during the World Cup period," he told the South Wales Evening Post as pre-season gets underway.

"He was outstanding last term when Dan was away. He showed real maturity and a nice mix to his game and he and Tom Habberfield were excellent in the match with Munster in March.

"For me, that opening 40 minutes that day was one of the big plusses of the campaign.

"It was such a young group, coming off the back of a draw against Leinster and defeats by Glasgow and Edinburgh, and we saw real development.

"Sam still has plenty to learn – he is only young – but he is a player with a big future and we are looking to him to step up to the plate during Dan's absence.

"I know he won't be found wanting."