Davies fears for international future
March 28, 2012
Bradley Davies was fortunate not to receive a red card against Ireland © Getty Images
Wales lock Bradley Davies fears his international future could be in jeopardy following his dangerous tackle on Ireland's Donnacha Ryan during the Six Nations.
The 25-year-old was shown a yellow card for the off-the-ball tip tackle on Ryan and was subsequently banned for the rest of the championships, which Wales went on to win with a Grand Slam. With the likes of Alun-Wyn Jones, Ian Evans and Luke Charteris all performing well during the tournament, Davies fears his wreckless actions could have put him out of favour with the Welsh management ahead of their tour to Australia this summer.
Davies, who will return for the Cardiff Blues against Glasgow on Friday, told the Daily Mail: "It's something I have to learn from because I've cost myself a place in the Welsh team and possibly my international future.
"All the second rows are playing well and the punishment could not have been worse. I lost out financially but most importantly I was starting No 4 for Wales and I threw it away."
The Blues lock says he deeply regrets the moment of madness that almost cost Wales and has yet to pick up his Six Nations' winners medal. He said: "I stepped over the mark and let my emotions get the better of me. I didn't think it was too bad until I saw it on the big screen -- it was actually terrible. I regret what I did but most importantly the boy was fine.
Davies added: "I tried to stay local on the Saturdays while Wales were smashing everyone. I could have gone but my head was in the shed. I didn't want to drag the boys down by lulling around. The medal has been waiting to get picked up."
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