Brad Davies knows he is in for a major fight to get back in the Wales fold.
Bradley Davies is eyeing up a return to international rugby this autumn after an injury ravaged year saw him sidelined for long periods.
But the 27-year-old lock knows he has a bigger fight on his hands than ever before to return to the Welsh second row despite finally putting his shoulder and hamstring problems behind him.
After nine years at Cardiff Blues the 42-times capped lock has moved to London to join his former coach, Dai Young, at Wasps. The move away from Wales won't make it easier for him to impress Wales coach Warren Gatland, but the two-time Welsh skipper is determined that out of sight won't mean out of mind.
"There's no bigger privilege for a Welshman than playing for Wales and it's not something you can take for granted," said Davies, who played in the opening game of the 2012 Grand Slam campaign.
"I've spoken to Warren and told him my reasons for moving. It's done now, there's no point looking back and it's a new start I'm excited about.
"People talk about playing outside Wales and how that might affect my international chances, but my view is that if I'm playing well enough for my club there should be no reason why I can't play for Wales.
"I've moved to Wasps to play rugby in a very good league and get myself back up and running again. Hopefully, my form will warrant a Welsh place.
"If it doesn't I'll take it on the chin, but I'm confident I can help take Wasps to the next level and push my career on that way."
The second row department is one of the strongest in the Welsh squad with Gatland having a number of seasoned campaigners, as well as youthful talent, to call upon. Alun Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris and Ian Evans are the old heads, while Jake Ball mde the most of his chances when Davies was injured.
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