Davies hopes to prolong stay at Scarlets

Date published: October 20 2015

Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has revealed that he hopes to extend his contract at the Scarlets for a couple more years.

The nippy half-back's dream of winning the World Cup was shattered after Wales were knocked out of the competition by South Africa in the quarter-final.

Davies however was the talisman for Wales during the tournament, scoring five tries, one of which helped secure a dramatic victory over England during the pool stages. 

The Welsh number nine has reached top form during the World Cup and is keen to take that into the PRO12 season with the Scarlets.

"I'd love to stay at the Scarlets another couple of years," Davies told BBC Wales.

"Hopefully I'll sign a contract in the next couple of weeks, months or whatever and I can look forward to my future at the Scarlets."

The 25-year-old says that he might consider heading abroad in the future, but for now he's happy to prolong his stay in Wales.

"At the moment I'm happy playing my rugby in Parc y Scarlets," he said.

"It's a brilliant environment to be in, with a great bunch of boys.

"The coaching staff are all good so I'm happy here, so we'll see how it goes."

Davies, who scored a try for Wales against the Boks in the quarter-final, continued by saying he is mortified by their World Cup exit.

"I just think we've got to be a bit more clinical in some areas of our game, maybe," added Davies.

"I think there were a few instances against Australia where we got held up over the line three times.

"On another day maybe someone could have done an extra movement and managed to get the ball down and we could have got a try and that could have changed the game.

"We're not a million miles away. It's fine margins."

Although the semi-final consists of four southern hemisphere teams, the scrum-half feels that the gap between the north and south is marginal.

"People always think that gap is bigger than it actually is," he continued.

"I think it's maybe different for New Zealand because the way they're playing at the moment they seem to be on a different level.

"But with Australia and South Africa, I think we've shown that we could have beaten South Africa and we ran Australia close as well.

"I think the gap is getting smaller and smaller, but… New Zealand seem to be on a different level at the moment." added Davies.

Wales showed during the World Cup that they have grown in leaps and bounds, but Davies says that they can't consider themselves favourites for the 2016 Six Nations. 

"I'm sure England will have something to say about that," he said.

"And Scotland as well – they came really close against Australia and all the teams are going to be looking forward to the Six Nations."