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Hadleigh Parkes hails midfield partner Jonathan Davies’ selfless attitude

Hadleigh Parkes has praised the selfless attitude of his Wales midfield partner Jonathan Davies.

Davies aims to put himself in the selection mix for Sunday’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

He missed the tense quarter-final victory over France last weekend, and Parkes feels it was a decision that told a lot about Davies as a person.

It was a tough decision for him to make last week. As much as you want to play and get out there and say you’re OK, to be able to turn around and say, ‘no I’m not, actually’ was pretty big of him to put the team first.

He would have loved to have played, and hopefully he will be OK. Owen Watkin had a great game last weekend. He stepped up really well, is a young boy and has a big future.

Jon is very important both for Wales and the (British and Irish) Lions as well. He’s had a couple of very successful tours there.

He is world class, so hopefully he’s fit. If not, whoever plays 13 will do a superb job.


South Africa hold some special memories for Parkes, who made his Wales debut against them in 2017 after qualifying on residency.

And he also had a spell with the Port Elizabeth-based Kings, when a long injury lay-off allowed him some unexpected time on the beach.

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