With the imminent announcement that Gareth Anscombe will be joining the Ospreys from the Cardiff Blues next season, fans have given their opinion on what the future holds for current fly-half Sam Davies.
Anscombe’s future has been unclear since guiding Wales to Grand Slam glory last month, with rumours circulating that he will be turning his back on Wales and opting for a more lucrative move abroad. However, Welsh fans are pleased that the fly-half has chosen to remain in Wales, keeping his international career alive.
This is great news for Ospreys fans, but questions are now being raised as to what the next step is for Davies. One of the main reasons behind Anscombe’s move could be that he is deployed a lot as a fullback for the Cardiff Blues, with Jarrod Evans at fly-half, but prefers to play 10, as he does for Wales. The Ospreys could offer this opportunity to him, but at the expense of Davies.
In light of this announcement, this is what the fans from all Welsh regions are saying on Twitter:
More reason for Sam Davies to come to the Dragons !
— Lynd0n (@lyndjnkns) April 15, 2019
Can't see Sam Davies staying
— steve thomas (@turkishrebel) April 15, 2019
With Anscombe going to Ospreys…. Would it be worth Scarlets tapping up Sam Davies???
— Gavin Pound (@Poundey15) April 15, 2019
Sam Davies hasn't done anything this season.. Not for one second has he stepped up after Dan B.
Luke P looks a way better running threat..
— J J R (@JJRoberts1990) April 15, 2019
Sam Davies is out the door, Dragons bound? Blues won’t want him, where else would he go?
— Ieuan-Rhys Beal (@ieuanbeal15) April 15, 2019
Sam davies is apparently going to the dragons. 4 best 10s in Wales playing for the 4 regions. Defo good news mate
— Pete Thomas (@petethomas15) April 15, 2019
Can’t see Sam Davies wanting to go from backup at his home region to backup at the Blues. Surely he’d also get more games at Os as Anscombe will be away with Wales a lot
— Matt (@Cymru_Forever) April 15, 2019
Ooh controversial. Whilst it benefits Jarod Evans and potentially Matthew Morgan at the Blues, it’s probably a negative for Sam Davies at the Ospreys.
— Bedwyr Gullidge (@BedwyrG) April 15, 2019
Is Sam Davies going to Scarlett’s
— richard ward (@ospreys2008) April 15, 2019
As an Ospreys fan it's a great signing. Sam Davies hasn't stepped up as we would have wanted and would imagine price is off. Plus we've struggled for rhythm in attack, something he can help massively with.
— Scott Mackay (@Sc0ttMackay) April 15, 2019
Does that mean ospreys are finally getting rid of Sam Davies
— Nathan (@JustNathanD) April 15, 2019
Sam Davies to the dragons? Would have 4 good tens at each region then
— Matt A Williams (@mattdragcimbom) April 15, 2019
What seems apparent is that Ospreys fans seem quite pleased that Davies could be leaving the Liberty Stadium, or is at least being replaced. The 25-year-old always had big boots to fill with Dan Biggar departing last season, and many fans feel that he has not been an able replacement. Anscombe, who rivals Biggar for the Welsh 10 shirt, would surely be a better option.
However, very few Cardiff fans seem particularly interested in Davies moving to the Welsh capital, as he is seen as inferior to Anscombe, and would not rival Evans for a starting berth.
This effectively leaves the Dragons and the Scarlets as the only two viable options for many fans, with a move to the Dragons being the popular option. That would leave a situation whereby Anscombe, Evans, Davies and Rhys Patchell will be the starting standoffs for all four regions, which would be great for Welsh rugby.
But as is the case with many transfers, ultimately one player suffers, and in this situation that is Davies, with many expecting him to go at the end of the season.
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