Lark Davies relishing chance to face Bristol Bears teammates

The 28-year-old hooker will be part of Simon Middleton’s squad for their trip to Cardiff Arms Park in Round 3 of the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

And with Allianz Premier 15s Gwenllian Pyrs, Kiera Bevan and Elinor Snowsill all donning the red jersey for Wales, the ‘good luck’ messages sent between the friends might come with a hint of good-natured rivalry this time round.

“I play a lot with the Wales girl’s week-in, week-out at Bristol so it will be a really fun and enjoyable encounter and well as a tough one too,” said Davies, speaking at Reading Abbey RFC, where the O2 and RFU joined forces to generate excitement ahead of a record-breaking crowd against France at Twickenham Stadium.

“I always message my Wales clubmates before games, saying ‘good luck’.

“I said to Gwenllian Pyrs ‘good luck’ before her last game and she’s absolutely smashing it now.

“But that’s just what rugby is about. We’re friends on the pitch, maybe not so much when we’re facing each other but afterwards it will be nice to see them all.”

Davies has been a stout member of the Red Roses since her international senior debut in 2015, helping Simon Middleton’s squad to a record-breaking 30 consecutive wins.

And as a new age dawn for the Red Roses, with the likes of Sarah Hunter and Simon Middleton taking their leave of the squad following this Six Nations campaign, Davies is impressed by the fresh faces that have stepped up and impressed this Championship.

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“Sarah Bern is a phenomenal player, she runs like nothing else and is so incredibly strong, but she’s also been homing in her game as a scrummager in tighthead too,” she said.

“But I’m also impressed with Holly Aitchison stepping up into the 10 roles too.

“Throughout the squad, you’re just seeing step up and perform.

“Being a finisher, I know my role but I also want to challenge for that role of starter too so we push each other massively in training to become the best we can possibly be.

“Now, there’s that sense of it being the end of an era, but at the same time there’s that excitement too.

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“There are so many fresh faces coming into the squad and with a home World Cup in 2025, we’re in a really exciting place.

“Sarah’s number of caps is a hefty number but if you look at someone like Amy Cokayne who is already on 71 or 72 and she’s so young.

“Sarah’s record is amazing but regardless of that, the legacy she’s left behind and is continuing is incredible.”

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