Rhys Patchell admits he has suffered”a hard year” ahead of his return to the Wales Test team against Ireland on Saturday.
Scarlets fly-half Patchell last started for his country about the 2018 summer tour to Argentina, when he kicked 20 points as Wales beat the Pumas 30-12 at Santa Fe.
Concussion issues and a hamstring subsequently united to disrupt the career, and put his place at Wales’ World Cup team in query.
However an impressive show off the bench to Ireland in Cardiff last weekend served as a reminder of the quality.
“It’s been a challenging year, that’s for sure,” Patchell stated. “I will not be looking back on it (last season) too many times.
“It was not the disaster many outlets made it sound like, but it wasn’t the year you would like moving into a World Cup.
“A couple of concussions were hard to deal with, and tearing a hamstring was not perfect. It stuttered almost any momentum I tried to pick up throughout this season.
“Game one that I was concussed, came back, began finding a bit of rhythm and got concussed again.
“I came back, ripped my hamstring and you’re forever chasing your tail. It is what it is where we are, and we are now. Thankfully, it has all worked out for the best.”
Patchell was still competing with Jarrod Evans to the best to back up Dan Biggar at Japan, with Gareth Anscombe ruled with a knee injury, six days ago and they all had a final marvel in the Principality Stadium.
It had been Patchell who won the coaches’ vote as he had done for the 2015 World Cup when he was among an initial contingent cut against Wales’ championship training group.
“He (Evans) dropped me a text after the announcement, and I answered,” Patchell added. “This was really good .
“Of course I felt . I could totally empathise with himhaving been there myself.
“It is not an easy position to be in. That is game, someone has to overlook. I believed for all the boys who got a telephone call or text.
“Jarrod and I had been clearly conscious that since a 10 you have to do what is best for your group. You may just deal with what’s in front of you.
“I was talking to family and friends to the Friday night saying’this is it, we’ll see how it goes’.
“It is hard, trying to become as excellent as possible daily. When the cards fall the way, great. That’s how it goes When they don’t.
“The concentrate was as good as I could be for your group, trying to drive the group around the park and put us into great positions and receive our shape moving. Fortunately, the coaches liked what they found, I suppose.”
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