Justin Tipuric will become Wales regular - Mefin Davies
JUSTIN Tipuric has been told that his time as a regular Wales starter will come as long he is patient.
The 22-year-old openside has figured just twice in Test run-on sides despite having an outstanding season with the Ospreys.
But his old Ospreys team-mate and ex-Wales hooker Mefin Davies is adamant that Tipuric is too good to wait in the wings for much longer.
"It is only a question of time before he features in the Wales team regularly," said Davies, capped 39 times and a member of the side that won the 2005 Grand Slam.
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"He is in a difficult position because Sam Warburton is captain and he is obviously seen as a vital figure by the coaches.
"But Sam does seem to pick up his fair share of injuries. We saw it during the Six Nations and we saw it again during the recent Australian tour.
"If Justin is patient he will get a chance and he is good enough to take it."
Surprisingly, Wales chose not to play Tipuric in the first Test against Australia, even though he had just helped drive the Ospreys to the Pro12 title while Warburton hadn't featured since the game with France on March 17.
Warburton's quality is undoubted, but David Pocock won the breakdown battle Down Under and it will be intriguing to see which No. 7 Wales will favour come the autumn internationals.
"They are completely different players," said Davies.