Jarvis makes case to be Gatland’s switch-hitter
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.