Davies ‘enjoys’ pressure from Webb

Warren Gatland at today's pre England v Wales press conference

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Wales’ Gareth Davies says he is enjoying the pressure of fellow scrum-half Rhys Webb’s return to the squad for Saturday’s Six Nations match against England at Twickenham.

Webb, who has been named on the bench, has not played for Wales since suffering a foot injury in September.

“We all knew that as soon as Webby was fit he was going to be straight back in the squad. I expected it,” said Davies.

“It is a bit of extra pressure for me but I enjoy it.”

England are one point clear of Wales at the top of the table with three wins from three games.

Webb scored a try in the win over England in Cardiff in the 2015 Six Nations, while Davies scored a crucial late try in their victory in the 2015 World Cup, a competition Webb missed following surgery.

Davies, 25, has scored six tries in 12 Wales appearances while 27-year-old Webb has five in 16 games.

England have a 100% record under new coach Eddie Jones, while Wales beat Scotland and France after drawing their opening game in Ireland.

If England beat Wales they face a trip to France on 19 March chasing a first Grand Slam since 2003.

Victory for Wales on Saturday would leave them needing to beat Italy at home to win the championship for the third time in five years.

Davies said: “In a couple of the games in this campaign we have started off a bit slowly.

“We have talked about the first 20 minutes. We have got to come out all guns blazing. That is going to be massive for us.

“We are quite confident and comfortable playing anywhere.

“We had a couple of good performances at Twickenham in the World Cup, so it is not a place we are scared to go.”


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