In the eyes of many Guinness PRO14 fans it is long overdue, but on Wednesday we learned that Scarlets flanker James Davies is in line to earn his first international cap.
The 27-year-old has been instrumental in the Welsh region’s successes for a number of years, chief among them last season’s Guinness PRO14 title, and will now look to translate his form to the international stage.
Davies has been named at openside for Wales’ Six Nations clash with Italy on Sunday, playing alongside Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau in the back-row, and here we take a look at how social media reacted.
The Welsh Rugby Union is clearly excited about the debut for one of the game’s most colourful characters.
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) March 7, 2018
Whilst Scarlets are also pleased to see another of their players represent the national side.
WALES | @cubbyboi will win his first international cap on Sunday. He’s one of ten Scarlets named in Wales’ matchday 23.
CYMRU | Fe fydd James Davies yn ennill ei gap rhyngwladol cyntaf dydd Sul pan fydd e’n wynebu Yr Eidal. Mae e’n un o ddeg Scarlet yn y garfan, pic.twitter.com/hdRYfa2py0
— Scarlets (@scarlets_rugby) March 7, 2018
Former Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan knows all about Davies’ talents in that format of the game.
Really pleased to see James Davies make his debut – have a stormer! Six Nations 2018: Wales coach Warren Gatland makes 10 changes for Italy https://t.co/wKEgwAIgc7
— Ben Ryan (@benjaminryan) March 7, 2018
A Sky Sports pundit approves of the selection
Hard to think of more deserving debut than James Davies’ or more patient international than Justin Tipuric. Given their talents, thrilling to see them on same pitch from start this weekend. However, that’s not to decry Josh Navidi who has been excellent too #embarrassmentofriches
— Miles Harrison (@skysportsmiles) March 7, 2018
Whilst a colleague of his is in agreement
It is Italy at home, I know, but great to see James Davies get his chance. Even with all the changes I fancy Wales for a fancy win. https://t.co/CTSPUWDX4v
— Stuart Barnes (@SBarnesRugby) March 7, 2018
And there were plenty more well-wishers among supporters as well.
Great news that another ex pupil will win his Senior Welsh cap against Italy 🇮🇹 on Sunday – well done @cubbyboi the School are delighted for you @scarlets_rugby @WelshRugbyUnion 👏👏🏴🏉#cubbyboi #6Nations pic.twitter.com/pG8YZspECg
— Dyffryn Taf Sport (@DyffrynTafSport) March 7, 2018
— tim driscoll (@tootalldrisc) March 7, 2018
Hi International Rugby, please welcome James Davies.
You’re going to love him. https://t.co/1POG82XGYp
— Arwel Jones (@agjones92) March 7, 2018
Loving the Welsh squad for Italy
Great to see Owen Watkin and Elliott Dee get their chance
Liam Williams at fullback
And the long awaited cap for James Davies
A team full of ballers 👊👊👊👊
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) March 7, 2018
— Thomas Hurley (@merthyrscarlet) March 7, 2018
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