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Davies urges non-selection of Patchell

07th January 2013 08:31


Rhys Patchell kicking Cardiff Blues Heineken Cup

Blues fly-half: Rhys Patchell

Former Welsh back Jonathan Davies believes Wales should not include Cardiff Blues young playmaker Rhys Patchell in their Six Nations squad.

Patchell, 19, has been in great form for the Blues and was key to the region in their most recent PRO12 victory away to Munster on Saturday.

But pundit Davies is eager for Wales not to throw him into the Test XV as Wales look to cope with a host of injuries to their Grand Slam line-up.

"It wouldn't be a good idea to throw him [Patchell] in while Wales are under this pressure in the Six Nations," Davies told Scrum V.

"I have no doubt he will play for Wales and he'll have a long and distinguished career at regional and international level.

"But at the moment leave him to learn his trade at this level.

"He has got a bit about him. He does communicate, he shouts and screams at people - you need a bit of edge at stand-off.

"But let's calm down a little bit now. He is 19, Biggar and Hook are above him in the pecking order.

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