Andy Davies may have been slightly out of his comfort zone on the wing last weekend but the scrum-half is desperate to make an impact at Newcastle Falcons in whatever way he can.
With 67 minutes of the Aviva Premiership Rugby side's 40-29 European Rugby Challenge Cup loss to Newport Gwent Dragons played, Davies came on to replace Chris Harris.
But instead of lining up at his usual No. 9 position, the 23-year-old was pressed into service as a makeshift winger.
So unexpected was the decision, that Davies insists he didn’t even realise the coaches were serious with their instruction.
And while he coped admirably in a tricky situation, the Warrington-born man claims there is no danger of a more permanent switch to the wing.
“I thought it was a bit of a mickey-take at first,” explained Davies. “I was warming up and Grant [Beasley], our conditioning coach, said ‘you’re going on’.
“As we were walking down the touchline he said ‘you’re going on the wing’ and I laughed a little bit but saw he had a pretty serious face.
“The first high ball went up and I saw Taulupe Faletau underneath it and I thought ‘jeez, I’ve got to hit him here!’
“But it was just good to get on the pitch and to be fair, I train enough on the wing to know what I’m doing.
“I’ll get on the pitch whenever but obviously scrum-half is my position and that’s where I should be playing – you don’t have to see the video to know that I was a bit out of place on the wing.
“Hopefully I can get a bit of game time at my actual position and show Deano [Dean Richards] what I can do.”
Davies has impressed in his more natural scrum-half position at Rotherham Titans this term, after being dual-registered with the Championship side since the start of the season.
The Titans are in the hunt for a play-off spot but Davies is now back with the Falcons and hoping to make the most of his chance to shine.
He undoubtedly has a bright future, having already appeared in both Europe and the LV= Cup for Newcastle, and credits the scrum-halves ahead of him in the pecking order for improving his game.
“It’s definitely helpful having the likes of Mike [Blair], Ruki [Tipuna] and Wozza [Warren Fury] at the club,” added Davies.
“All three of them are completely open and try to help me out with my game.
“We do passing sessions together – before his injury, Wozza would get me in before training, let me rip some passes with him and try to tell me the insight.
“Ruki and Mike do it in training every day as well. Ruki is a great runner with the ball and he’ll tell me where he likes to go and what he feels is best.
“And Mike has obviously been around the game for ages now – he knows the game inside out and just listens to me. He’s got the personality for it.”
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