Scarlets and Wales prop Samson Lee said it was great to be back out playing again after making his return from long-term injury for Llandovery on the weekend.
The 30-year-old tight-head played 40 minutes in the Drovers’ Indigo Premiership defeat to Newport at Rodney Parade.
Lee last played for the Scarlets close to 14 months ago, having ruptured his Achilles tendon during training on tour in South Africa in March 2022.
“It was always the plan to just get some game time and 40 minutes was enough. The lungs were blowing a bit, but it was just great to be playing again,” he told BBC Wales.
“It’s been challenging over the last 14 months, lots of ups and downs but I just concentrated on what I had to do.
“For a tight-head prop to snap their Achilles, there is always the chance they won’t return because a lot of weight goes through that area.
“But I demanded of myself to get back out there and I had great support from the Scarlets. My physio had to put up with a lot of moaning.
“Now I’m just looking forward to whatever comes in the future for Scarlets and whatever else.
“I’m going to spend the summer building for next season to be ready to start and get as much game time as possible and, hopefully, give myself a chance for Wales again.”