How do you feel about winning IRB Junior Player of the Year?
I was shocked to be nominated but it was an honour to win. I’m gutted about losing the U20 World Championship final, but this is a bonus picking up this award.
Did you start playing rugby because of your dad (Gloucester DoR Nigel Davies)?
Not really. I used to play football at Swansea City and I just did a bit of rugby at school. I got a trial for Ospreys U16s a year young and when I got in I knocked the football on the head.
Always played fly-half?
Yes, and I’ve always been a goal-kicker too.
How would you describe your playing style?
I like to think I’m a good controller of the game. Kicking is one of my strengths but I can mix the game up a bit too.
What are your aims for next season?
To get more game time for the Ospreys – I haven’t played in the Rabo yet.
Is your dad supportive?
Very. He gives me things to work on but he never gets on top of me. It was weird when I played against Gloucester though! He is more confident in me than I am in myself.
RW Verdict: Davies’s talent has been recognised with junior rugby’s biggest individual prize.
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