Scarlets coach Nigel Davies welcomes fly-half dilemma

Stephen Jones and Rhys Priestland
Stephen Jones and Rhys Priestland are vying for the Scarlets fly-half spot

Coach Nigel Davies says the Scarlets will take a "horses for courses" approach when selecting Rhys Priestland and Stephen Jones at fly-half.

After a fine World Cup for Wales, Priestland has enhanced his reputation in the number 10 stakes at the region.

Last season Jones was considered first choice at Parc y Scarlets, with Priestland often starting at full-back.

"It will depend on certain games. Certain players may suit certain games better," said Davies.

"And also on form. It's great to be in that position.

"There would be no more pressure on us [in selection]. I'd rather be in this position than not to have anyone to select.

"To a certain extent we had these selection dilemmas last season but people might not have been aware of that. We were often talking about who would start at 10.

"I think it will be horses for courses and form will play a part of it. To have two players of that quality will be great."

Priestland made his mark ahead of the World Cup when Jones and James Hook were both injured.

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted he liked Priestland's cool and calm attitude.

And the 24-year-old became Wales' first-choice fly-half, putting in an assured performance which helped beat Ireland in the quarter-final.

Unfortunately for Priestland, he picked up a shoulder injury in the last-eight game which forced him out of contention for the semi-final defeat against France and then the bronze game defeat at the hands of Australia.

That injury will keep Priestland sidelined for another two weeks and he could be out of contention for the Scarlets' Pro12 derby against the Ospreys on 5 November.

But despite the injury Davies believes Priestland has enhanced his reputation.

"I'm delighted for him," he said. "He has had a great World Cup and has shown everybody what his potential is.

"We are fortunate to have a lot of quality at 10 and it's a great position to be in."

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