Rhys Patchell admits he’s endured”a difficult year” ahead of the return to the Wales Test team against Ireland on Saturday.
Scarlets fly-half Patchell final 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.
A hamstring and concussion issues subsequently united to interrupt the global career of the 26-year-old, also put his place in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad in query.
But an astonishing show off the seat to Ireland last weekend functioned as a reminder of his quality.
“It has been a challenging year, that’s for sure,” Patchell stated. “I won’t be looking back on it (last season) a lot of times.
“It was not the disaster many outlets made it seem like, but it was not the year you’d like going to a World Cup.
“A couple of concussions were difficult to deal with, and tearing a hamstring was not ideal. It stuttered any momentum that I tried to pick up throughout the season.
“Game one I had been concussed, came back, started finding a bit of rhythm and obtained concussed back again.
“I came back, then ripped my hamstring and you’re forever chasing your own tail. It’s what it is where we are, and we’re now. Luckily, it has all worked out for the ideal.”
Patchell and Jarrod Evans to the right were still competing to back up Dan Biggar in Japan with Gareth Anscombe ruled from the World Cup with a knee injury, seven days 46, and they each had a final audition in the Principality Stadium.
It had been Patchell who won the coaches’ vote as he had done for the 2015 World Cup if he was among an initial contingent cut from Wales’ expanded tournament training squad.
“He (Evans) dropped me a text after the statement, and I replied,” Patchell added. “That was very good of him.
“Obviously I felt . I could completely empathise with him, having been there myself.
“It is not a simple place to maintain. That is game, somebody has to overlook. I believed for all nine of the boys who got text or a telephone call.
“Jarrod and I had been clearly conscious that as a 10 you must do what’s ideal for your group. You can just deal with what’s facing you.
“I was talking to family and friends to the Friday night stating’that is it, we’ll see how it goes’.
“It is hard, trying to become as fantastic as possible on the day. If the cards fall the way, good. If they don’t, that is the way it goes.
“The focus was being as great as I could be for your team, attempting to push the staff around the park and put us into good positions and get our shape moving. Luckily, the coaches liked what they found, I assume.”
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