Seb Davies is relishing his first Wales start at the Principality Stadium as he pulls on the unfamiliar number eight jersey against Georgia on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, who signed a long-term senior contract last month, has been in irresistible form for Cardiff Blues this season, receiving numerous plaudits.
He has done so in the second-row but after retaining his place in the Wales squad following an impressive summer, he will now move back to start at number eight.
Davies said: “Hopefully there will be a lot of people there and the family is coming along as well. It’s the first time for me playing for Wales at home so it’s a great opportunity.
“I haven’t played at eight much, a bit with the Under-20s and while I was at Pontypridd but it’s just a number on your back and I have to get on with the job.
“I haven’t played there for the Blues I’ve played bit at six, but I jumped at the chance. I like to think I have good ball handling skills and can move around the field so it’s a good opportunity to take.
“It’s a chance for me to get my hands on the ball a bit more from the base but I’m sure Webby (Rhys Webb) will be talking to me. I’ve been working with Webby, and a few of the nines, learning the new role of playing eight and where to go off the scrums.
“It’s another string to the bow, I just have to keep working on it and see where it takes me. I can pack down in the second-row happily, I can play six or eight and I’m pretty comfortable with all of those roles so it’s just a case of where they see fit to pick me and I jump at the opportunity.”
Davies has faced Georgia previously, during the World Rugby U20s Championship with Wales U20s edging to a hard-fought 10-9 win.
And he expects a full-blooded forward challenge at the Principality Stadium.
Davies added: “It was a tough game, we won 10-9 on a soaking wet day so hopefully it’s not like that on the weekend and we can take their set-piece away.
“They have a big forward, scrum, lineout mentality but their backs can also play a bit. Their driving lineout is particularly strong, once they get set they get very low and drive straight to the point. They have a lot of heart and really go for it.”