Rhys Patchell admits he has suffered”a difficult year” ahead of his return to the Wales Test team against Ireland on Saturday.
Scarlets fly-half Patchell final began for his nation about the 2018 summer tour to Argentina, when he kicked 20 points as Wales beat the Pumas 30-12 at Santa Fe.
A torn hamstring along with concussion difficulties subsequently combined to disrupt the global career of the 26-year-old, and put his location in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad in query.
However an impressive try-scoring screen off the seat to Ireland last weekend functioned as a reminder of the caliber.
“It’s been a difficult year, that is for certain,” Patchell explained. “I won’t be looking back on it (last year ) too many times.
“It wasn’t the disaster many outlets made it seem like, but it wasn’t the year you would like going into a World Cup.
“A couple of concussions were tough to deal with, and tearing a hamstring wasn’t ideal. It stuttered any momentum I tried to pick up during this season.
“Game one I was concussed, came back, began discovering a bit of rhythm and got concussed back again.
“I arrived back, ripped my hamstring and you are forever chasing your own tail. It’s exactly what it is where we are, and we’re . Thankfully, it’s worked out for the best.”
Patchell was still competing with Jarrod Evans for the best to back up Dan Biggar at Japan, with Gareth Anscombe ruled with a knee injury, seven days 46, and they had a final audition in the Principality Stadium.
It had been Patchell who won the coaches’ vote, meaning he averted a repeat of missing , as he had done for the 2015 World Cup if he was among an initial contingent cut from Wales’ championship training squad that is extended.
“He (Evans) fell me a text after the announcement, and I answered,” Patchell added. “That was very good of him.
“Obviously I felt . I could totally empathise with him, having been there myself four years ago.
“It is not an easy position to maintain. That is game, a person has to miss out. I believed for all nine of the boys who got a telephone call or text.
“Jarrod and I were distinctly aware that since a 10 you must do what’s ideal for your group. You may just deal with what is facing you.
“I had been talking to family and friends on the Friday night stating’that is it, we’ll see how it goes’.
“It is difficult, trying to become as great as you can on the day. When the cards fall the way, great. If they don’t, that is the way it goes.
“The concentrate was being as great as I would be for the group, trying to drive the team around the park and put us into good rankings and get our shape going. Luckily, the coaches liked what they saw, I assume.”

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