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Date TimeSeptember 06, 2019
VoiceThe outside-half on the long road back from injuries and his optimism about Wales’s World Cup chances after making the cutRhys Patchell takes his time before settling on the word to describe his feelings after learning this week that he was going to the World Cup as one of Wales’s two outside-halves. It was a prospect that had seemed even less than remote at the end of last season when he did not make the Scarlets’ 23 for a crucial league match against Edinburgh.
Wales’s Rhys Patchell: ‘It’s a long time since I have been this excited’ | Paul Rees
“Relief,” said the 26-year old finally. Patchell will on Saturday start his first Test match for 15 months, back when he had established himself as Wales’s first-choice at 10 before injury struck. “It has been a challenging year, that’s for sure, but it is worth it in the end when you get into the World Cup squad. It was relief for me, but to see the smile on the faces of my parents when I told them I had made the cut was particularly satisfying.”

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