Jarvis makes case to be Gat­land’s switch-hit­ter

The Rugby Paper - - News - ALEX BYWATER

AARON Jarvis has told War­ren Gat­land he can still be a Wales prop star at next year’s World Cup.

Gat­land is look­ing for a front row who can play both sides of the scrum for the tour­na­ment in Ja­pan and Jarvis filled ex­actly that role as Wales reached the quar­ter-fi­nals in 2015.

The ex­pe­ri­enced 32-yearold can play both loose­head and tight­head and is now back in ac­tion with the Drag­ons af­ter a rup­tured bicep ru­ined the start of his sea­son back in Wales.

“I feel I played my best rugby in France and no one knows that,” Jarvis told The Rugby Pa­per.

“I was out of sight, out of mind at Cler­mont, but it was my de­ci­sion to go out there and I’m glad I did. I’d have re­gret­ted it if I hadn’t done that in my ca­reer.

“I would love to play for Wales again and if I’d stayed in France, then ob­vi­ously I would not have been able to. That’s why I came back and that’s my aim.”

Jarvis has 18 caps for his coun­try and his ver­sa­til­ity could still yet be of in­ter­est to Gat­land de­spite him miss­ing out on the Wales squad for this Novem­ber’s Un­der Ar­mour Se­ries.

“I don’t think I’ve changed much, I’m more re­laxed in my ap­proach now which is help­ing me,” Jarvis said. “I spent a lot more time on my scrum­mag­ing in Cler­mont and have im­proved a lot there.

“It was a hell of an ex­pe­ri­ence to play in Cham­pi­ons Cup and TOP14 fi­nals. It made me a bet­ter player.

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