Swansea fullback Davies wanted to play rugby for Wales

Swansea City fullback Ben Davies admits he favoured rugby over football growing up.

For many years, Davies — who has been an ever-present for the Swans since replacing broken-ankle victim Neil Taylor in September — thought his international chance might come in rugby.

He said: “I enjoyed playing rugby as much as football. We even got to the Welsh schools’ final. But at 16 I had to decide what I really wanted to do. I chose football and it has worked out well.

“Had the football not worked out, I’d have given rugby a go. I went to the opening game at the Millennium Stadium — Wales v South Africa. It was a great day.”

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