Rhys Patchell admits he’s suffered”a difficult year” before the return to the Wales Test team against Ireland on Saturday.
Scarlets fly-half Patchell continue began for his country about the 2018 summer tour to Argentina, when he kicked 20 points as Wales beat the Pumas 30-12 in Santa Fe.
Concussion issues along with a hamstring combined to disrupt the 26-year-old’s global career, also put his place in Wales’ World Cup squad in question.
But an impressive screen off the seat to Ireland last weekend functioned as a reminder of his caliber.
“It has been a difficult year, that’s for certain,” Patchell explained. “I will not be looking back on it (last year ) too many times.
“It was not the disaster many sockets made it seem like, however it was not the year you would like going to a World Cup.
“A couple of concussions were hard to manage, and tearing a hamstring was not perfect. It stuttered almost any momentum that I had been hoping to pick up during this season.
“Game one that I had been concussed, came back, started finding a little rhythm and got concussed again.
“I came back, ripped my hamstring and you’re forever chasing your own tail. It is what it is and we are where we are. Fortunately, it’s worked out for the best.”
Patchell was still competing to back up Dan Biggar at Japan Together with Gareth Anscombe ruled from this World Cup with a knee injury, six days 46, and they all had a final marvel in the Principality Stadium.
It was Patchell who won the coaches’ vote as he had done for the 2015 World Cup when he was one of an initial contingent cut from Wales’ championship training squad that is expanded.
“He (Evans) fell me a text after the announcement, and I replied,” Patchell added. “This was really good of him.
“Obviously I felt for him. I could totally empathise with him, having been there myself four decades back.
“It isn’t an easy place to be in. That’s sport, a person has to miss out. I felt for all nine of the boys that got text or a telephone call.
“Jarrod and I were distinctly conscious that since a 10 you must do what is best for your team. You can just deal with what’s facing you.
“I had been speaking to friends and family on the Friday night saying’this is it, we’ll see how it goes’.
“It’s hard, trying to become as good as you can daily. If the cards fall your way, good. That’s the way it goes, When they don’t.
“The focus was being as great as I would be for your group, attempting to push the team around the park and put us into good positions and get our silhouette moving. Fortunately, the coaches liked what they saw, I suppose.”
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