Bevington is aiming to stake a claim for the number one jersey
Ryan Bevington is aiming to establish himself in the Wales set-up during this summer's tour of Japan.
Since making his debut two years ago, the Ospreys prop has failed to secure a start with the Three Feather upon his chest.
But with Gethin Jenkins away on British & Irish Lions duty and Paul James rested, Bevington has the opportunity to stake a claim for the number 1 jersey in the Far East.
"It's an opportunity for everyone on the trip," he said.
"Of course, I want to put my hand up. I've been on the back burner for a few years, close but never close enough. Now I just want to put some pressure on the other boys, who are all top players.
"Gethin is world class and Paul is excellent as well, so it isn't easy, but I just have to keep working at my game.
"It will be good next season in that Gethin will be playing in the same league as me, so I'll have a benchmark: I'll be able to see what he's doing and assess how it differs from what I'm doing."
While Jenkins and James are out of the equation for now, Bevington still faces stiff competition from Saracens' former Cardiff Blues prop Rhys Gill
"Rhys is a great player too," said Bevington.
"We get on fine off the pitch, but we'll be both doing our best to claim the jersey out in Japan. It's about pushing each other. That's sport.
"You just have to try to take your opportunity."
While opportunities have been limited on the international stage, Bevinton has flourished on the domestic scene with the Ospreys.
The dynamic loose-head made 24 appearances for the Ospreys including 17 starts.
"It's all about learning your lessons," said Bevington.
"The more I played last season, the more I enjoyed it.
"When the game starts, you don't think about life and what's happening off the pitch. You're a kid again, playing alongside your mates and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"I'm already looking forward to next season already.
"You learn every game. Adam Jones has said he had his hard days when he was younger. I had a tough one in Leicester, but as you get older you get wiser and I'll look back on it in years to come and think it was part of my learning curve.
"Certainly, when we played them in Swansea we dealt with them a lot better. It was the same against Census Johnston and Toulouse. It wasn't easy out there, but we worked them out and at the Liberty it was much smoother. You can't jump any steps. You have to go through these experiences."
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