Rhys Carre stated he had been”shaking and speechless” when he was told he’d left Wales’ World Cup squad.
The prop, who won his lone cover over the weekend, was contained in the 31-man set for the visit to Japan announced on Sunday.
Carre, who transferred to Saracens from Cardiff Blues on the summer, stated he was a”large bag of mixed feelings” after getting the call in Warren Gatland.
“I had been as shocked as everyone else at the time,” Carre told Sky Sports of the call-up.
“I did not quite understand how to take it all in. I started shaking, I was speechless at the time – I am now. It still hasn’t sunk in, it has been a two weeks for me over the weekend. A bag of mixed feelings.
“After I signed Saracens I was never expecting to maintain a warm-up squad let alone to be going on the plane. I am still trying to take everything in day by day and keep my head down”
Carre says that he came to Wales’ camp following enjoying a little too far than expected carrying more weight, but has dropped 10kgs since.
“It helps when you run into camp thicker,” Carre said of this remarkable weight reduction. “I came in carrying a bit too much timber, so that I worked with the [Strength and conditioning coaches] along with the nutritionists to form my diet out and type out my plan on the field. I worked hard for 12 months and got to the place today.”
Another person who wasn’t positive if he would produce the squad was Leigh Halfpenny, whose issues with concussion watched him out.
“As time was moving on you kind of think’How long is that going to continue for?’ ,” explained Halfpenny of his period to the sidelines.
“Horrendous harm. Among the toughest to deal with because you do not know as it did if it carries on for as long when that conclusion line is.
“You really do begin to question what’s going to occur. I kept trying to do all I could to attempt to break and try and get it over.
“Happily it got better and I managed to go back to the area, and so I was thrilled.”
Meanwhile Dan Biggar says Wales’ current variant, that saw them elevated to the peak of the World Rugby positions for 2 weeks could count for nothing in Japan.
“It’s all about turning ,” said Biggar. “We have got a fantastic squad on paper and we’ve got lots of experience and a lot of accolades over the previous 12 or 18 weeks but it’s about fronting up and bringing in.
“I am not very sure England are likely to be overly concerned about our record prior to – or New Zealand or what it is – they’re going to worry about the here and now.
“That is exactly what it must be to get us. We have had a very good 12 or even 18 months constructing before this, however I think that the squad that we have got now, we’ve got to move and send on a huge stage”

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