Davies backed as Wales 10

Date published: January 30 2017

Former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies believes his country should start Sam Davies at 10 for their opening Six Nations game against Italy.

Davies feels Wales, who are 2/11 favourites to beat Italy in the Six Nations, need to create more try-scoring opportunities and thinks the Ospreys youngster in the starting XV might do just that.

“I would start with Sam Davies. You know what Biggar does and if it is a problem you put him on,” he told Scrum V Wales┬álast weekend.

“It’s all about creating opportunities and taking opportunities and that’s the problem we’ve had.

He added on Davies’ strengths: “We haven’t created anything. We don’t score a lot of tries.

“And I think the problem we have is in our selection of midfield – are we creating enough or not?”

One option for head coach Rob Howley could be to play Biggar in the number 12 jersey but that would mean dropping two of Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams, something pundit Davies would be happy to see.

“I might be tempted to play Biggar at 12 because he’s got the distribution skills, he’s got the kicking skills,” he added.

“Get your three-quarter line going – and I think he’s the best one in Wales.

“Biggar’s a fine player. But if we are going to change genuinely and score 35 points a game, I think it starts with Sam Davies.”