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Twickenham will be hostile - Davies

06th March 2014 08:48

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Jonathan Davies Wales

Prepared: Jonathan Davies

Wales midfielder Jonathan Davies is prepared to face a "hostile" Twickenham welcome on his return to Test rugby on Sunday.

Making his first Wales appearance since injuring a pectoral muscle against South Africa in November, Davies knows what to expect from the home crowd.

"I think there is going to be a hostile environment, but we have been to big places before and played in front of a crowd like that," said Davies.

"You have just got to embrace it. Playing in front of a big crowd like that will be amazing, and it will be even better if we get a victory.

"I think the Twickenham factor has always been a huge thing for them, so it's fair enough for them to be favourites and stuff, but we don't really look into that.

"We just have to make sure we prepare well, we need to know the game-plan for what we want to achieve and when we go out there we have to execute it, so we don't really look at who's favourite.

"We are reliant on other teams doing us a favour (in terms of the title), but we just need to concentrate on our own performances and make sure we put enough pressure on the rest of the teams. Hopefully, they will slip up, and we are there to slip in the back door."

The 25-year-old centre, who played 65 minutes of the Scarlets' 18-13 PRO12 win over Munster on Saturday, says that the lengthy layoff has left him feeling refreshed rather than rusty.

"I have had a few months off, so I feel pretty fresh at the moment," added Davies.

"It (injury) was frustrating, but it's part and parcel of the game. The best way to handle it, for me personally, was just to think that's how it is and concentrate on getting back fit.

"It (pressure) is always there when you play for your country. Whenever you put that red jersey on there is always pressure to deliver a performance and a victory. It's the same case for Sunday.

"For me personally, you want to test yourself at the highest level and be involved in big game atmospheres playing in front of big crowds, and it is going to be like that on Sunday.

"You have got to get excited about it and make sure you do everything you can to put yourself in the position for victory.

"I thought the (Wales) performance against France was fantastic. There was a real edge and a physicality in the contact area and we were able to have quick ball.

"We know on Sunday that we will have to step it up again. These games are always heated, a fierce contest, so there is another level to take it up.

"I thought they (England) played really well against Ireland. Ireland were on a good run and at Twickenham they shut the door on them and closed the game out.

"They were probably unlucky against France, so they are a good team. They've matured the last couple of years and we are expecting a tough test."

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