Next Gen: Talbot-Davies winging into the frame at Rodney Parade

Charlie Talbot-Smith
27 November 2019

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The Dean Ryan revolution at Rodney Parade is gathering pace.

Young guns are starting to fire, Taine Basham the most recent to be called up to the Wales’ senior squad, and they are flying high in Europe as well.

They are the only Guinness PRO14 side with a perfect record so far in the Challenge Cup and while Jordan Williams got the plaudits last weekend out in Russia, another back three tearaway also caught the eye.

Will Talbot-Davies’ path to the Dragons first team has been a long and circuitous one.

After a debut all the way back in 2016 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup – alongside a certain Leon Brown who has gone on to full Wales honours – the full-back cum winger has had to bide his time.

He has been busy though, with full Wales Sevens international honours including World Cup appearances last summer in San Francisco, and an ongoing law degree at Cardiff Met.

Considering that he was born in Solihull and brought up in the West Midlands, and only spotted via the Wales Exiles programme, it has been something of an unlikely journey.

But finally, the 22-year-old appears to be getting his chance to shine under Ryan.

A try last weekend against Enisei was well taken after Arwel Robson’s initial incision, but it is not just Talbot-Davies’ finishing that stands out.

At 6ft 3in tall, and after adding muscle to what was a wiry teenage frame, Talbot-Davies increasingly looks ready for the rough and tumble of the senior game.

Of course, the competition for spots in the back three at the Dragons remains fierce despite the departure of Hallam Amos this summer.

In addition to Williams, the top metre-maker in the Guinness PRO14 so far this season, there is also Jared Rosser, Dafydd Howells and Ashton Hewitt.

All of which means Talbot-Davies, whose long-term future is probably at full-back, has more often than not had to chip in on the wing for the region so far in his young career.

He has just 12 Guinness PRO14 career appearances so far, seven of them starts, and two tries to his name.

His sole outing so far this season came on the right wing last month as the Dragons ended their long wait for an away win by seeing off Zebre.

But on recent evidence, there is still more to come.

Out in Russia, the winger added three clean breaks to his try and Ryan will be hoping for much more.

The speed from the Sevens circuit remains in good working order, as the man himself admitted in an interview earlier this year.

“As long as I am on the pitch I am happy. I have always thought of myself as a 15 but then I went away with the Sevens and have probably got that extra yard of pace,” said Talbot-Davies, who played at the World Cup in San Francisco in July.

“I’ve transferred to the wing but that is probably due to opportunity really, to get some game time.

“Maybe long-term I am more of a 15 but I am getting more and more used to the wing. It is different and I have a lot to learn, but I am just enjoying being involved.”


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