James Davies: Scarlets flanker says Wales given him no feedback over omission

James Davies (L) and brother Jonathan, the Wales and Lions centre, helped Scarlets win the Pro12 title last season
James Davies (L) and brother Jonathan, the Wales and Lions centre, helped Scarlets win the Pro12 title last season

Scarlets flanker James Davies says he has had no feedback from Wales coach Warren Gatland about his international exclusion.

The flanker is the younger brother of Lions and Wales centre Jonathan and has won an Olympics sevens silver medal.

Davies remains uncapped and said he had not been told by the Welsh management what he needed to work on.

The 27-year-old said: "There has been nothing. No feedback at all. Nothing in the summer and nothing before that."

Davies was left out of caretaker Wales coach Robin McBryde's squad for the two-Test summer tour against Tonga and Samoa in June 2017 despite several man of the match performances for Scarlets.

That was despite Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric being away with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand, with Cardiff Blues' Ellis Jenkins, Thomas Young of Wasps and Dragons' Ollie Griffiths selected ahead of Davies.

The Scarlets openside was unavailable for the autumn Test series because of a shoulder injury with Tipuric, Josh Navidi and Sam Cross the specialist open-sides selected by Wales coach Warren Gatland to face Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Gatland mentioned Davies ahead of the autumn internationals but the back-rower doubts he would have been picked with Navidi going on to star during the four-match series.

"I didn't get picked for the summer when there were two players ahead of me away with the Lions," said Davies.

"I wasn't too fussed. It's just the way it goes. I can't see me getting picked anyway.

"I thought Josh (Navidi) played well and he took his chance, so good on him."

Warburton will miss the 2018 Six Nations through injury while there are doubts over fellow back-rowers Ross Moriarty and Taulupe Faletau is now certain to miss the start of the tournament.

Davies is not counting on a Six Nations call-up but remains hopeful he will play for Wales.

James Davies
James Davies made his Scarlets debut in 2014

"I feel the performances I have put in the past have warranted a spot," said Davies.

"I am not saying I have given up on it, just that reality and history suggest I won't get picked. You never know what's gone through their heads."

Davies says his Wales aspirations didn't affect the decision to re-commit to the Scarlets after signing a new deal in November 2017.

"International ambitions did not affect my decision," said Davies.

"I am not getting picked for Wales so it would not affect me going away."

Wales have been trying to apply a more expansive style which may suit Davies' game.

"That is the sort of style we like to play here at the Scarlets and it works well with my game," said Davies.

"But there could be loads of reasons I haven't been picked and I wouldn't know."

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