Dominic Day has thrown himself back into Aviva Premiership Rugby following Wales’ World Cup exit and the Bath Rugby lock is eager to hit the ground running.
Day was selected to be part of Wales’ 31-man squad for the World Cup – a decision that surprised the man himself – and came off the bench to feature in their pool-stage win against Uruguay.
He was just a spectator, however, when they beat England 28-25 at Twickenham and for their narrow quarter-final defeat to South Africa last weekend.
But having watched Bath teammates Anthony Watson and George Ford put aside their World Cup frustrations to inspire a 19-17 victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend, Day is hoping to do the same at Wasps on Saturday.
“It’s a bit strange, especially after everyone was gearing up just last weekend for another two weeks in the Wales camp,” he said.
“We lost and the next day I was back in Bath and getting all my kit ready. The best thing now is to move on rather than having to think about it.
“It was a good couple of months. I was chuffed to bits to be involved in the Wales squad and get to play in a World Cup, even though it was just 30 minutes.
“I wasn’t expecting it. It was a great experience and we were gutted to be knocked out but going back to Bath is going to refocus me.
“I wasn’t expecting anything. I thought I would go and give the training camp a crack and to get picked in the actual squad I thought ‘wow’.
“That England game was pretty unbelievable. I felt like a mad Taff watching it – I was standing up and screaming. It was great to be a part of the squad. I enjoyed every bit of it but it’s good now to get back to normality.”
Returning to Bath with Day is Wales teammate – and new signing at the Rec – Rhys Priestland, who joined from the Scarlets this summer.
Priestland will provide Ford with competition at fly-half this season and his international colleague expects the 28-year-old to make an impression in the West Country.
“I think the way we play is going to suit Rhys right down to the ground,” added Day.
“He is similar to George, really – he is an attacking threat and a ball player so hopefully he can take a bit of pressure off George.
“George plays a lot of rugby and Rhys is an equally good player. I think he will add to what we have got here.”
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