Davies fears for Wales future after missing Six Nations for dump tackle
22:21 GMT, 27 March 2012
Bradley Davies picked up his Six Nations winners’ medal from the Post Office on Sunday but fears he has already ruined his Wales career.
The lock was yellow carded in Dublin after dumping Donnacha Ryan on his head during the opening Six Nations clash with Ireland.
Davies, 25, was subsequently banned for the remainder of the Championship and stayed away from the squad as Wales marched to Grand Slam glory.
Yellow peril: Bradley Davies was banned for the majority of the Six Nations
The Cardiff Blues giant said: ‘I stepped over the mark and let my emotions get the better of me. I didn’t think it was too bad until I saw it on the big screen — it was actually terrible. I regret what I did but most importantly the boy was fine.’
Davies added: ‘I tried to stay local on the Saturdays while Wales were smashing everyone. I could have gone but my head was in the shed.
‘I didn’t want to drag the boys down by lulling around. The medal has been waiting to get picked up.’
Davies, who will return for the Blues against Glasgow on Friday, is desperate to get on the pitch to redeem himself ahead of the summer tour to Australia.
He said: ‘It’s something I have to learn from because I’ve cost myself a place in the Welsh team and possibly my international future.
‘All the second rows are playing well and the punishment could not have been worse. I lost out financially but most importantly I was starting No 4 for Wales and I threw it away.’