Rhys Patchell admits he has endured”a hard year” before his return to the Wales Test team against Ireland on Saturday.
Scarlets fly-half Patchell final started for his nation on the 2018 summer trip to Argentina, when he kicked 20 points as Wales beat the Pumas 30-12 at Santa Fe.
A hamstring along with concussion problems subsequently combined to disrupt the career, also put his place in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad in query.
But an impressive screen off the seat through a 22-17 loss to Ireland in Cardiff last weekend served as a reminder of the caliber.
“It’s been a difficult year, that is for certain,” Patchell stated. “I won’t be looking back on it (last year ) a lot of times.
“It wasn’t the disaster many outlets made it seem like, but it wasn’t the year you’d like going into a World Cup.
“A couple of concussions were tough to deal with, and tearing a hamstring wasn’t ideal. It stuttered any momentum that I was attempting to pick up throughout this season.
“Game one I was concussed, came back, started finding a bit of rhythm and got concussed again.
“I arrived back, tore my hamstring and you’re forever chasing your own tail. It is what it is where we are, and we are now. Thankfully, it’s worked out for the best.”
Patchell was still competing with Jarrod Evans for its best to rear up Dan Biggar at Japan, Together with Gareth Anscombe ruled from this World Cup with a knee injury, seven days 46, and they had a final marvel at the Principality Stadium.
It was Patchell who won the coaches’ vote, meaning he prevented a repeat of missing out, as he had done for the 2015 World Cup when he was one of an initial recognized cut from Wales’ enlarged championship training squad.
“He (Evans) dropped me a text following the statement, and I replied,” Patchell added. “This was very good .
“Obviously I felt . I could empathise with himhaving been there myself.
“It isn’t a simple place to maintain. That’s sport, a person has to miss out. I believed for all the boys that got text or a phone call.
“Jarrod and I were clearly conscious that as a 10 you have to do what is best for your team. You may just deal with what’s facing you.
“I had been talking to family and friends to the Friday night saying’that is it, we’ll see how it goes’.
“It’s difficult, trying to become as good as you can on the day. If the cards fall the way, good. If they don’t, that is how it goes.
“The attention was being as good as I could be for your group, trying to push the team around the playground and put us into great rankings and get our shape going. Thankfully, the coaches liked what they found, I suppose.”
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