Ezine Exclusive: Bradley Davies
Bradley Davies speaks exclusively to The Buzz following his international selection this week.
After three back-to-back injuries over the last two years, Bradley Davies has worked hard since arriving at Wasps to get himself back to fitness and, such is the ability of the man, after playing just two fixtures in black and gold, the Welsh lock has earned himself selection in Warren Gatland's squad for the Autumn Internationals.
"I've had a bit of a horrendous time with injuries. I've had three five month injuries on the trot but hopefully that is behind me now and I can start playing some rugby. I was knocked unconscious, dislocated my ankle, dislocated my shoulder and then ripped my hamstring off the bone."
"It was a very unusual injury, the surgeon hadn't really seen anything like it and he had been in the game for 20 odd years. It just happened out of nowhere really. I was running down a track in the morning and it all happened pretty quickly. Luckily, the damage I did was right next to the bone so they were able to reattach it pretty easily. I was pretty lucky in that respect if that can be counted as lucky!"
Davies arrived at Wasps over the summer after a serious hamstring injury and has worked tirelessly to get himself back out on the field, and he praises the work of the Wasps medical staff who helped him get back to playing.
"It was difficult turning up to a brand new club injured. The one thing you want to do when you join a new team is prove to everyone that you are good and to be forced to sit on the sidelines for the first couple of months was tough. But the staff here, the medical staff in particular, have been really good to me and have looked after me really well, getting me back to fitness and back out on the field."
"I've probably written off eighteen months to two years of rugby and that was a big part of my move. After a long time out I felt like I needed a change, a new challenge, and I feel like I have got that. My first game was Sale away, which was a tough loss, and my first full start for the Club was at home against Bath, followed by Leinster away, so it doesn't get much easier! Playing in big games is what it's all about and in the Aviva Premiership you get massive games every week."
Davies started his second game last weekend when Wasps travelled to Dublin to face Leinster in a tough opener to their european campaign. Despite a narrow loss, Davies says that the team have been quite harsh on themselves when reviewing the game.
"It would have been very easy for us to be happy with a losing bonus point away at Leinster but, in terms of where we want to be, we should have won that game. We are being quite tough on ourselves and we have looked at where we went wrong and where we could have won the game. We put that all to bed earlier this week, banked the issues we had in the game and now we are working towards getting the right result against Harlequins on Sunday, which could blow the group wide open. There's a real sense among the boys that games against Harlequins are ones that they enjoy. The rivalry is clear to see, there's always a bit of spice to the games, and they're the ones you want to be playing in."
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