Scarlets scrum-half Tavis Knoyle is ready to let out weeks of frustration in the RaboDirect PRO12 derby clash against Ospreys.
Knoyle was part of Wales’ World Cup squad but his game time was limited to a solitary match against Namibia as he had to play second fiddle behind Mike Phillips and Lloyd Williams in the pecking order.
And if the 21-year-old didn’t already have enough incentive to lay down a marker, he is coming head-to-head with the region that released him as a youngster.
“I’m just happy to be back and getting stuck in with the region again,” he said.
“The World Cup was good. On a personal note it wasn’t what I wanted to get out of it, but, from a team perspective, it was brilliant. It was frustrating, but it was a case of supporting the boys all the way.
“It is a case now of coming back here and knuckling down again.
“There is always that extra spice to this fixture, but you have got to enjoy it,” he added. “As a kid I used to go and watch these games on a Boxing Day.
“There is a great tradition with these fixtures and it is great to be part of it.
“It is a huge game for us. We have done well in the last few games, it is a case of trying to go to the Liberty [Stadium] and upsetting the Ospreys.
“Most of the boys are back now and it was great to see how a lot of them went in New Zealand.
“It is tribute to what has been happening at the Scarlets in the last few years.”