Navidi determined to take World Cup chance

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Last Updated: 07/10/19 10:51pm

Josh Navidi had to wait four years between his first and second Wales caps

Josh Navidi had to wait 4 years between his first and second Wales caps

Josh Navidi says he’s determined to take advantage of his World Cup journey after reflecting on his “crazy” journey into the Wales aspect.

The Cardiff Blues back-rower made his debut for Warren Gatland’s aspect in 2013, however then had to wait 4 years for his second cap.

Navidi is now an everyday for Wales and can begin their pool match in opposition to Fiji on Wednesday, which can see them qualify for the quarter-finals with a win.

Navidi has 21 Wales caps Navidi has 21 Wales caps

Navidi has 21 Wales caps

“It’s been crazy,” mentioned Navidi. “A few months in the past I did take a step again and give it some thought. If you had mentioned to me fours in the past that I’d be enjoying on this World Cup, I most likely would not have believed you.

“It is good to be right here embracing it and taking the chance. Hopefully I can simply maintain the jersey and carry on enjoying.

“It has gone well. I know the jersey can be taken off you so quickly, so I just have to embrace it. You have to take it when you can and hold on to it for as long as you can.”

Gatland is effusive in his reward for Navidi and says among the greatest coaches on the earth have enquired concerning the 28-year-old.

Warren Gatland says opposition coaches are often impressed by Navidi Warren Gatland says opposition coaches are often impressed by Navidi

Warren Gatland says opposition coaches are sometimes impressed by Navidi

The head coach mentioned: “He runs arduous, tackles arduous, does the fundamentals effectively and does not make many errors.

“I bear in mind talking to John Mitchell [England defence coach] after we performed England at house, and he mentioned that the England boys have a whole lot of respect for him as a participant. That to me is recognition of high quality.

“A number of years in the past – I believe it was one in every of Josh’s first video games after we performed the All Blacks – and Steve Hansen mentioned: ‘the place did you get that quantity seven from?’

“We are very fortunate in that division. We have some actual high quality unfastened forwards who’re all able to doing a job, and there may be some actual competitors there.”

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