Wales focused on Six Nations despite off-field turmoil


London (AFP)

Jonathan Davies insists Wales will ignore the off-field issues threatening to destabilise the country's rugby foundations as they focus on Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland.

It has been a turbulent week in Welsh rugby as the debate rages about how the professional regional game will look from next season.

The talks between Welsh rugby's powerbrokers appear deadlocked at present, with a proposed Scarlets-Ospreys merger off the table and considerable uncertainty remaining.

But for Davies and his Wales team-mates, the political problems have to be put to one side while they chase the Six Nations title and Grand Slam glory.

Wales, on a record unbeaten run, head to Murrayfield to face Scotland this weekend.

"It's probably been a stressful start to the week, but we've come in today with a focus of continuing our preparation ready for Scotland and to get on that plane and progress in the tournament like we have been," Wales and Scarlets centre Davies said on Thursday.

Asked if he had ever known a week like it, Davies added: "There's always gossip and chat. It's Welsh rugby.

"I think players are looking forward to a big Test match on the weekend.

"That's what we love doing, that's what we are here to do. The most important thing for us is to focus on that.

"Murrayfield is always a difficult place to play, and that's the focus now with us. Our focus is making sure our preparation has gone as well as it has over the last month or six weeks, and we're looking to go there and get the win."

A Wales win against Scotland would leave them needing to beat Ireland in Cardiff the following Saturday to secure the Six Nations crown for the first time since 2013 and a first Grand Slam for seven years.