Lock Rhys Davies knows how close to home the West Wales Derby between the Ospreys and the Scarlets can get.
The Ospreys host their traditional rivals in the United Rugby Championship clash at the Swansea.com Stadium on Saturday, April 30th (kick-off: 5.15pm).
Davies, 23, who signed a new three-year deal to stay with the Ospreys, is one of a raft of young players from the region who have impressed during the current URC campaign.
The Swansea-born second row’s performances have seen him on the brink of a Wales call-up and he has emerged as a supporter’s favourite with the Ospreys faithful.
“In my family, my aunt supports the Scarlets and my Dad’s side of the family are all Ospreys supporters,” said Davies.
“So this game is a real family rivalry for us and is bigger than just the game.
“This game is always a great occasion and I have been a few times as a supporter, and the Ospreys had a few good wins against the Scarlets when I watched them.
“I just have really good memories of watching this game as a youngster. Derbies like this always mean a lot to the supporters, I know it meant a lot to me.”