PONTYPOOL'S Ethan Davies is aiming to climb back up the Wales points chart after making his comeback in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 26-year-old featured in last weekend's tournament in Vancouver, a welcome return after an injury-plagued couple of campaigns.

The playmaker established himself in the Wales set-up and played in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast and the World Cup in San Franciso.

Then injury misfortune struck with the former Dragons academy fly-half hindered by a succession of lower body blows.

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"It's difficult. You go through some dark places, but I kept telling myself there are other players in worse situations," said Davies.

"Some get told they can never play again. If I ever found myself moping around I remembered that, 'hang on a minute, you'll be playing again in four months'. It helped get my head down."

Davies played in four games in Vancouver and added to his series points total with a solitary conversion, moving up to 526.

In his absence from the international scene the left-footer has been overtaken by captain Luke Treharne, who has 575 and is second in Wales' all-time charts behind Luke Morgan on 655.

"That is something I have been keeping an eye on," said Davies, whose total of 168 conversions is five back on Rhys Jones. "I want to see my name on top of that list! Hopefully it won't take too long."

There was a positive to missing out on sevens – the chance to make his grandfather Keith proud by playing for his hometown club.

Davies represented Cross Keys, Ebbw Vale, Newport and Bedwas in the Premiership while with the Dragons but has played for Pooler in recent years to get back to full fitness.

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"To actually play for my hometown was really good," he said. "It was quite special because my Bamp could actually come and watch me.

"He's got bad legs so he doesn't get around much and can't travel far, but Pontypool Park is near his house.

"Having him come and support me, and then get a photo with him after the game, was amazing."

Pooler wing Lloyd Lewis featured in Canada and crossed for his fourth try of the series.

Coronavirus means that the series takes a break until the London leg on May 23 and 24 because of the postponement of tournaments in Singapore and Hong Kong.