Scarlets’ Jonathan Davies: ‘We want to give the regional game a shot in the arm’

The centre who grew up watching Scarlets in big European matches wants his side to show their expansive potential and lay down a marker when Bath visit in the Champions Cup

The Scarlets are painting towns red. Ten years after they last escaped from the group stage of the European Cup, the Welsh region’s supporters are daring to dream again. Even the car park that is the M4 on a Friday evening should not deter the pilgrimage to Parc y Scarlets for the visit of Bath when the ground will reverberate as Stradey Park used to.

“We won the league last season but you are judged on big European nights,” said the Wales centre Jonathan Davies, who was voted the man of the Lions’ series in New Zealand in the summer by his peers. “I grew up watching the Scarlets in major European Cup matches and we have emerged from a tough period, comfortable in how we play and the expectation that is now on us. I love coming to work because this is a good, fun place.”

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