Cardiff Blues Dafydd Hewitt will keep battling for club and country

23 Mar

Dafydd Hewitt

Wales may reflect on this year’s Six Nations with regrets, but Cardiff Blues centre Dafydd Hewitt is only looking forward when it comes to his own international hopes.

Hewitt has excelled for the Blues this season, impressing both with his powerful running and stoic defence.

And having shone in the absence of Welsh international Jamie Roberts, Hewitt has made a convincing case for a first Wales call-up.

Ambitious yet humble, however, Hewitt is under no illusions about the competition he faces for the prized red jersey.

“I’d love to play for Wales – there’s nothing I’d like to do more,” said Hewitt. “There are some great centres in Wales at the moment, and Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies have been great when they’ve played there.”

Having played alongside the British Lion for the Blues on a number of occasions, Hewitt knows Roberts well both on a professional and personal level.

And while Roberts’s imposing frame forms part of the barrier between Hewitt and an international call-up, Wales have clearly taken note of Hewitt’s performances this season, as he was invited to train with the national squad last year.

“It was great training with them during the autumn internationals,” said Hewitt. “Just to be considered for the squad and to train with them has been nice.

“There’s a really good atmosphere in the Wales camp, and the players are a top bunch of guys.

“Whether I go on to actually get a cap, you never know. If it happens, it happens.”

Hewitt is philosophical about his aspirations, speaking with refreshing candour about the hopes and doubts of a professional rugby player.

Indeed, studying for an electrical engineering degree in his spare time, Hewitt appreciates how brief an athlete’s career can be.

And judging by his wholehearted displays for the Blues this term, the 25-year-old is relishing his every moment on the field.

“I’m loving it. I’d had a couple of difficult seasons with injury – first my knee was playing up and then I had a groin injury.

“But now I’m fit again and, with the Welsh boys away on international duty, I’ve had a few more opportunities to get properly stuck in this season.”

Blues coach Dai Young rewarded Hewitt’s efforts by twice handing him the captaincy this season, though this has proven to be a challenge as well as a privilege.

“We’ve won one and lost one under my captaincy, so I could have asked for better results! But to captain the side has been an honour.”

Hewitt speaks with cheer and pride, but as his opponents know as soon as they collide with the centre in contact, this joviality is kept strictly off the field.

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