Josh Navidi says he is determined to take advantage of his own World Cup adventure after representing hiscrazy journey into the Wales side.
The Cardiff Blues back-rower created his debut the side of Warren Gatland in 2013, but then had to wait for four years for his second cap.
Navidi will start their pool match on Wednesday , which will see them eligible for the quarter-finals using a win against Fiji and is a regular for Wales.
It has been crazy, said Navidi. A couple of months ago I did take a step back and think about it. I probably would not have thought you In the event youd said to me fours ago that I would be playing this World Cup.
It is great to be here embracing it and carrying the chance. I can just keep the jersey and continue playing.
It has gone . I know the jersey can be removed you so that I just have to embrace it. Youve got to take it if you can hold on to it for as long as you can.
Gatland is effusive in his praise for Navidi and says the 28-year-old has been enquired concerning by a number of the greatest coaches on the planet.
The head coach said:He runs hard, overly hard, does the basics well and doesnt make many errors.
I recall speaking to John Mitchell [England defence trainer ] afterwards we played England in the home, and he said that the England boys have a great deal of admiration for him as a player. That to me is recognition of quality.
A few years ago – I believe it was one of Joshs first games when we played the All Blacks – and Steve Hansen explained:where did you receive this number seven from?
We are extremely lucky in that section. We have some real quality loose forward who are capable of doing a job, and there is some true rivalry.
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