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Gloucester Rugby: Nigel Davies is relishing his return to Parc y Scarlets

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

Davies is looking forward to Scarlets return

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Nigel Davies is relishing his return to Parc y Scarlets but has once again handed the coaching reins to Andrew Stanley.

It will be the first time Davies has faced his former employers but the Gloucester forwards coach will take charge of the LV=Cup encounter.

There are several Scarlet connections within the Cherry and White ranks with Tavis Knoyle, Martyn Thomas, Paul Moriarty and Ben Morgan also spending time in West Wales.

And Davies admits he will seek refuge hidden away in the stands.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to going back down there. Knowing the two clubs, they’re two reasonably matched teams in terms of experience, with a lot of young players.

“But both groups are representing the badge and that’s the most important thing. We have worked hard to turn things around and the last two weeks in particular have seen real progress and even though this is a new look team we have to see that continuation of progress.

“I will be talking to the coaches but not directly to the players. I certainly won’t be pitch side - I will be up in the stands somewhere.”

Stanley has made sweeping changes to the Gloucester side that triumphed in the south of France last weekend with the LV=Cup a chance to blood youngsters.

Will James captains a side containing two debutants in Andrew Bulumakau and Drew Cheshire, while Jonny Bentley makes his long-awaited return.

The Kiwi fly-half suffered a serious knee injury in training last October and admits it has been a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

But he is determined to make up for lost time in corss-boarder encounter.

Bentley added: “It’s been a long three months of rehab and watching the boys running around so it’s nice to have a crack at it myself.

“I really enjoyed the Munster match, Thomond Park is a hell of a place to play and it was great to have that opportunity.

“I was hoping to be involved following that but had a miss-hap with my knee. It wasn’t ideal in terms of timing but you just have to deal with it and stay positive.

“Now I’m really looking forward to getting back on the pitch and the knee is 110 per cent.

“The beauty of the LV=Cup is you have guys getting an opportunity and a point to prove, guys coming back from injury like myself and a lot of youngsters coming through. It’s a really good opportunity to throw a Gloucester shirt on and show what you can do.

“We just want to get out there, put in a good performance and the best way to shine is to do it collectively.”

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  • Grimman  |  January 24 2014, 10:37AM

    The best way of beating Scarlets is for the club to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our best and most talented tight head prop, gets onto the pitch ASAP and for him to play as long as possible.

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