Davies looking to challenge Biggar after signing Ospreys deal

Davies looking to challenge Biggar after signing Ospreys deal

Sam Davies (1338875)

Dan Biggar (4649181)

First published in Wales rugby and football

SAM Davies is looking to put the heat on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar after penning a three-year deal with the Ospreys.

The 2013 IRB junior world player of the year, who featured in last week's Wales trial but didn't get selected for South Africa, has played most of his regional rugby at full-back but is a 10 by trade.

With Dan Evans heading west from Newport Gwent Dragons to challenge Richard Russell for 15 jersey, Davies looks set to be considered more at fly-half in the coming season following the departure of fellow young gun Matthew Morgan to Bristol.

The 20-year-old, a classy player and excellent kicker, made 20 appearances last season and racked up 82 points.

"I've had plenty of game time over this last year, mostly at 15, and I'm just pleased to be playing" said Davies, who is the son of former Wales and Llanelli centre Nigel.

"Obviously I'd say I want to play 10 as that's where I've always played until this season but I realise that with Dan in front of me it's not going to be easy.

"If it means I'm involved on a match day I'll play wherever the coaches want me to and use that opportunity to show what I can do and to gain more experience. That's what every young player has to do when they get given their chance, and I'm no different.

"Nothing happens overnight, it's a long term thing and it's about continuing to work hard, keeping your feet on the ground and progressing your game. It's a long season and there are plenty of games so hopefully I can continue."

It won't be easy for Davies to usurp Biggar, who was named as the Pro12 players' player of the season, but the Ospreys want to see a genuine contest for the 10 jersey.

Ospreys rugby operations manager Andy Lloyd said: "The next couple of years are huge for Sam. The recruitment we've carried out means that we're looking at him as a 10 and seeing if he can rise to the challenge of pushing Dan for the right to run the team from that position.

"His positive attitude, hard work and desire to succeed have secured him the opportunity to challenge for the jersey and how far he goes now is up to him."

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