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On tonight's show: It's time, it's here.
Our guest, Jonathan Davies, shares his thoughts.
We catch up with the man who couldn't stop scoring
And we're on target with an Olympic hopeful.
I want to get a medal. It is one of the QA have not got in my
Just two more sleeps to go until Wales' Six Nations gets
Recent matches between Wales and Ireland have been, well,
a little nerve wracking - so the question for
So, here we are a game. The build-up to the opening weekend of the Six
Nations. At home, in the pub, when you watch television, you will hear
a lot of these phrases. Momentum is key. We got to get off to a flyer.
We just can't afford to lose that first game. And basically, everyone
is beating one emotion. And that is hope.
It is a really open competition I think. We bowl gone to a couple of
new coaches and the World Cup is over. Three or four teams came out I
think so hopefully we are in the mix.
Cast your minds back to the World Cup. Apart from one or two long-term
lay-offs, he has more or less got a full squad.
The millionaire Richie does help in terms of putting things together. I
just hope it does give us a slight advantage to go into the Six
Nations. For Wales, things may be calm. Not
so for Ireland. They got hammered by Argentina in the World Cup. Oquendo,
the captain, has retired. And if you look at the injury list. It is
extensive. They may be going for a third successive title but Ireland
are certainly in transition. The problem is that trophy can be
gone after one game. We can be scrambling to get some sort of
decent placement after Round 1. Never one to shy away from making it
the big calls. And it comes to Sunday's selection there is no room
for Gethin Jenkins. And no space on the back three for Liam Williams.
There is a selection for Rob Evans as a prop.
What he has achieved on the field at the moment... He has matured well
and he was seized the opportunity. We know what a wonderfully deliver
wonderful rugby player he is. Hopefully the weather conditions
might allow us to play a bit of rugby. Gethin knows he will not get
through, how do we manage that process where we bring someone on as
a replacement and the reserve potential exit strategy as well?
Late penalties. And Wales have won in Ireland.
Controversial tries. Wales have scored and Ireland are rushing up to
the referee. And heroic defence.
Recent matches between these two sides have been slipped by the
smallest of margins and nothing suggests that Sunday will be any
different. We can guarantee one thing. This one will be tense.
The Six Nations are upon us. Such an exciting time. Wales chances then.
What are the headlines for you? I think that the shock was the
proper getting out will stop Paul James has playing exceptionally
well. Rob Evans is in, looking towards the next World Cup. With the
safety blanket of Gethin on the bench. That was the big shock. The
other one is Tom James comes in on form, deserves his place, and
Cuthbert is trying to find his form. The full-back. That was the
interesting one because Liam Williams has played one game. So
neither of them are really match it, so to speak. But times have changed.
They seem to pick on reputation. If they fit they are in. That maybe
shows that they're going to play a little bit wider.
Ireland, then. Injuries. Our baby? They will be
worried but it is a bit soon. The pressures of them because of the
injuries. But they will know the significance of this game. Whoever
wins this game will be... Do you really think how big this is?
Two big games. Scotland and England, and Ireland and Wales. If Wales win
that game. Three home games. Then they are in with a shout of the
championship at the end. And maybe a Grand Slam. That's how important
this game is. With Ireland, I think it is going to be... I don't
think... Pol O'Connor is a big mess. They have got injuries. They've got
enough cover to be a real threat to Wales. I don't think the injuries
will affect the Irish performance. Think it is going to be one hell of
a game. We're back for predictions very
shortly. Thank you. For many teams in the Premier
League, goals can be hard But a few years ago
Swansea City had a striker Since then, that man has left
the club and battled Come to northern Spain to an old
industrial town. A far cry from the glitz of the Premier League. It is
also the home of a fourth division football team, where Michu is trying
to rebuild his career. I have come to meet the man who, two
seasons ago, was one of the most feared strikers in the Premier
League. Michu was the man at the moment. Playing for Spain before an
ankle injury brought it all to an end.
I can't remember when my last game without pain, so probably I will
have paid all my life but I can play. I cant live without football.
Three years ago it was a different story. He was scoring.
But then Swansea manager valued him at ?30 million. Not bad after the
Swans had bought him for just ?2 million.
I was really happy there. Best of my life, my career. And also the crowd.
I miss the team-mates and the city as well.
Did she wants to leave? Was that your choice? Yes, because
football is really difficult to play for the crowd without my best level.
Struggling for injuries, Michu had to impress a new manager.
How is that playing under him? Did you have a good relationship?
Yes. And with Jenkins? Yes. I want to
speak about him and he worked really good
Maybe when the season finishes might help first iPlayer bit. Back to the
Six Nations. What is your highlight? For me it was the first cap. Growing
up as a kid wanting to play for Wales then you your ambition.
Waiting to go out on the field the motion is amazing. All your friends
and family, the adrenaline, the cocktail of the motion is
unbelievable. Can you remember it? Yes. Standing there shaking like a
leaf and then running out and looking for my mum in the crowd and
then singing the anthem with my family and friends there. Then I
failed miserably to hold back the tears. Everyone that helped me along
my career was there to watch and it was an amazing feeling.
She was one of the first Welsh sport stars to book her place
at the Olympics this summer, but we're not talking swimming,
athletics or cycling here - we're talking shooting.
But what drives you to take up gun sports in the first place?
Ian Hunt went on a shoot with Elena Allen.
I'm going to the Olympics to compete in shooting. I was born in Moscow,
Russia. I been living in the UK for the last 25 years. I represented
Wales in 2010 for the first time at the Commonwealth champion chips in
India and also I competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in
2014. Is it a glamorous sport at all?
We're sat here and it is freezing cold, were sat outside a Portakabin.
It doesn't look glamorous. It's not very glamorous. It is not
very often I wear make up either. Especially for you guys. I'm not a
girly girl and I don't particularly enjoy make up shopping. I am more a
country girl so for me this is perfect.
I do Olympic shooting. It is quite a technical sport because we had to
shoot from a gun down position. We have not to three seconds delay and
when it could eventually comes out, you have to mount the gun and shoot
it from eight different stations. You know exactly where it is going
to come from. You don't know when it is going to come. And the difficulty
is that your gun is down on where the line is. The gun has to touch
the latter cannot be above it completely. The targets are fairly
fast so you don't have that much time.
Russian athletes accused of widespread cheating.
They could be banned. Amongst Russia's champions there were
cheese. Tonight the Company was kicked out of international
athletics in disgrace. You were born in Russia and grew up
there as how do you feel about this whole Russian doping scandal?
I think it is embarrassing and it is very disappointing. I think anyone
who does try to cheat should be punished. Severely punished. Is
going to be very sad for those sportsmen and sportswomen who didn't
do anything wrong but I going to be punished. I can sympathise. Being a
competitor myself. But, of course, I don't know. How do you deal with
that? It is not for me to decide. It is for other people to make those
decisions. There are number of Welsh sportsmen who are expected to do
very well. You are expected to be up there. No pressure. I would like to
win or get a medal. You are not going to take part, you're going
there to win. I just want to do my best. I want to make my husband and
my family proud and get the medal. It is one of the few that I do not
have in my collection. You have the World Championships and the
Commonwealth Games. I would like this one.
Back to the Six Nations, rugby's greatest championship.
Year in year out, it gets fans excited and even gets the juices
Ian Gough and Dafydd James share a tale or two from the past.
Ian Gough keeps his position in the second row for Wales. That the James
keeps his place on the right wing. An incredible atmosphere. I remember
the old Blancs Road, in the changing room the trains would make the
changing room rattled. There was a house on the corner. I have not been
very fortunate. We had some bad performances there. It is very
difficult when the Irish get the table top. They are a difficult team
to play against. However, historically Wales has won the same
number of games and drawn the same amount. A different stadium and
different atmosphere but it was fantastic. Winning the game helped.
Another moment of brilliance from Shane. What is your favourite -- who
is your favourite player? The most consistent player for me... I played
against him. In the first four or five minutes I had not even got my
warm up jacket not properly and figured out who had the jelly
babies. I was up against him and I was not prepared as well as the
first 15 had prepared. As for myself opposite him several times. If you
knew what I was thinking then he wouldn't run it me every time. If
you knew how scared I was seaward running me every time. Any moment in
the Six Nations the standout to you? In your career or any that you
watched? The special moments was when you want into the changing
rooms, when you get off the bus and the cameras are there, you're trying
to keep your focus that then you realise the magnitude of what you're
walking into. You walk into the changing room and you see your shirt
on the peg. I get response thinking about it. Millions of people want to
do this but only a small number again that opportunity. I used to
really enjoy grabbing the jersey. I used to sniff it and think that I
had at that. Little moments like that stand out to me. In 1999 we
went to France and we had not won there in a number of years and we
went there and Neil Jenkins gave me a white pass and I went into the
corner. It was an amazing game. My career highlight was the 2008 Grand
Slam decider against France. Those girls leading him onto the pitch and
the fireworks going off and then we won it, it epic. What matches really
spring to mind when you think of the Six Nations? Watching the last year,
I thought it was a fantastic tournament. The last day really
stood out. It epitomises the Six Nations campaign. It came down to
permit issues in the end. I was in Rome at the time. Wales cutlass
after 30 minutes and we'll not wild. -- cut loose. -- and we all went
wild. Then it was down to permit patients. Other games you could not
control. That builds up the euphoria in the air and the web 20 last
moments. That is the third try. It just engaged everybody across the
nations. What a tournament. Great to reminisce on some of the great
moments in wacky moments we have had across the years, and I'm looking
forward to catching up with you in Ireland.
They enjoyed that. They still have not grown up. We hope that they
never do. France versus Italy. Watch and hear? None. Italy performed
badly in the World Cup so I would be very surprised if they win any games
this year. France's interesting. How will France play? I think they will
be less structured and more dangerous and hopefully the flair of
the French will come back. It is a big game for England coming up. They
have picked a side to attack and to play-the-ball wide. It depends on
the conditions. If Scotland can get over the gain line and attack they
can pose a real threat. England are going to impress because of Eddie
Jones. I have a sneaky feeling that Scotland will win. The best game of
the weekend will be Ireland against Wales? It is a huge game. The
kicking game is going to be vital. Ireland will kick to the corner is.
-- to the corners. Neither side are scared because they play against
each other in the Pro12 and they are familiar with each other. They know
what they need to do and they know what the opposition is trying to do.
It is an intriguing game and a great game, but I feel that Wales,
considering perform in the World Cup and their defence, if they can build
on that attacking wise they will edge it. The championship is on. If
they win that game it will go down to the wire with Wales. Thank you
for joining us. Stay tuned for Scrum V Live -
Ireland U20 v Wales U20. That is coming up after this
programme. And a reminder that we will be
on at 7pm next Thursday,