Dominic Day cannot hide his frustration at missing out on an international call-up this season but the second-row insists Bath Rugby's fine recent form has gone a long way to easing his pain.
Up until last weekend's narrow 25-23 defeat to Northampton Saints Gary Gold's side had been nigh on unbeatable in 2013, starting the New Year with six wins from their first seven games in all competitions.
And Day has been a key figure in that fine run, forming a potent second-row pairing with Dave Attwood that has seen Bath re-enter the play-off race in the Aviva Premiership.
Currently seventh but only seven points behind fourth-placed Gloucester Rugby with their local rivals coming to the Rec this friday in front of the ESPN cameras, Gold's troops are right back in the top-four mix.
For Day internationally it has been a case of what might have been, the Welshman picked up an injury at just the wrong time with Rob Howley's side suffering an injury crisis in the second row.
The unproven Andrew Coombs has stepped into the Wales engine room this Six Nations and has been one of the finds of the tournament so far but according to Day, who joined Bath from Scarlets this summer, his club form has merited a call-up.
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