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On tonight's show, with only pride at stake for Wales, will it back at

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this year's six Nations. I would like them to get the basics and the

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defence right and then let see what they have been trying to do in

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training on the attacking front, because we haven't seen it. Chris

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Coleman names his squad for the Euro 2016 warm up games, minus Gareth

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Bale. Both parties think it is the right thing. The bottom line is we

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have to look at the player. And catcher if you can, we meet

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triathlete Non Stanford going for gold in real. The Olympic Games is

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one dream come true but to be in a position where you can consider

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winning a gold medal is pretty special. -- called in Rio. Hello and

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welcome to the programme. Note six Nations glory for Warren Gatland's

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side. This year. Playing for second place when they play Italy tomorrow.

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We will hear from the players shortly but first expert analysis on

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what has gone right and wrong for Wales in this year's tournament.

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Let's start with the England game last weekend. It was frustrating

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stuff. I was confident we would go up there, a lot of experience there

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with a relatively low young England squad and take it to them. Some of

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the guys looked jaded. They had been run into the ground a little bit,

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possibly. Getting the way and tear from the club, the union. I thought

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some of them looked tired. The fall of 19 tackles, I think the statistic

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was in the first-half, 19 tackles is not us, Wales. We knew we had a

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great team, we could go there, we haven't been firing every cylinder.

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When we did start playing, we started throwing the ball around,

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and then three - one tries. We are in Bridgend athletic, home of Rhys

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Webb, the shrine it is surrounding us, great to see him back. I thought

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when he came on, he let the ball do the work. Sharp of the base. I'm a

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big fan of Gareth Davies but he needed a shake up. Perhaps this will

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bring out the best NN. Rhys Webb, these two jostling for position, it

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is great from a Welsh perspective. And you have the change. Amos is

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familiar with the surroundings. He is playing with the Dragons. He is

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going to want to express himself. I want to see him with some space. I

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want to see George not changing angles. Liam Williams cutting the

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angles. Reading the stats on George North, he has done better than

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anyone in the six Nations. Better than Mike Brown. I am a fan of Liam

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Williams. He was one of the shining lights. He is foraging, he is in

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there, he is aggressive. At the weekend, it looked simple.

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Did you have the cat flap in your army? Was that in your army? He just

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went on the outside and scored. I don't know. To be honest, that is a

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skill they worked on. That is a great skill to have because it

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breaks down defences. If you do get to the line, space is not basis. If

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you are going on their shoulders, you can get their arms free. If

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you're running into bodies, how are you going do that? That is what is

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exceptional. Very much like you, we used to call you the wrecks, can you

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remember? Space is not basis for me, mate. Space is not basis. You're

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coming up with a new one every time, mate. What would be a good result

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for Wales, Welsh perspective? That is a tough one. The whole nation,

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after last weekend, they want it slain. They want 60... You could win

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by 60 points and people would not be happy. Played against Italy, a draw

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at the stadium, I played in a game that we lost in Italy. 2009 since

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they were last whitewashed. They're coming here. It is a banana skin.

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I'm confident Wales will get 40 or 50 points on the weekend. This is a

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trial, really for the Test series in New Zealand. That is why I would

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like to see what is on show. Get your top guns out there first. I

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would have liked to have seen Matthew Morgan on the bench there.

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See what he can do. Maybe the hindrance for Matthew being in that

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English division, not playing against the top teams, has cost him.

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It may be a different story. A player like that, an exciting

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player, we need to be bringing him through, see that again. Any

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opportunity to try something out in this particular game, this is the

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chance. England in pole position. Do you think they are going to win the

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Grand Slam? England notoriously have that game and adjournment with a

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banana skin it, I wouldn't say choke, but I will. They joke. Will

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they choke on this? They R.N. France's backyard, France had been

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hurt by a good win by Scotland, it was a pretty impressive display. The

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French will not like that. New coach there. I can see them putting on a

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good show. Lovely to see you again. Hopefully we will catch up again and

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talk about Welsh rugby. Pleasure. Let's get the thoughts of another

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former Wales international, Jonathan Davies, welcome. Not exactly a super

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Saturday grand finale as we had last year, then, for Wales. Give me your

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assessment of Wales' six Nations campaign overall. Start with the

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positives. I do think that set piece, they are solid. Defensively,

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they are barely solid, apart from the English 70 minutes or 60 odd

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minutes. I think it is very good sign, they very difficult to beat.

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It has the potential to be a better side and to compete, the top three

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in the world consistently. To do that, we had to adapt on the field.

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For me that has been with this appointment this year will stop you

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talked about it -- disappointment. We were told after the World Cup

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that wheels would be a better side in the six Nations. Have they moved

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on? We have has matured and he is a world-class

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stand-off but now they have closed him down a little bit and he needs

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to engage defenders, which creates space for his outside backs. I think

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they are in a better position than they were in the World Cup, Julie

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because of personnel. Wales are looking ahead to the summer tour in

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New Zealand, which looking ahead to the summer tour in

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We are excited about it. We have got these

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We are excited about it. We have got will be tough. Two interesting

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games, two tough opponents. It will be good for us. In terms of our

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preparation. Your squad list, hot off the press. One name missing that

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we have to talk about. Some bloke called Gareth Bale, he is not there,

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tell us why. He is not ready to come and play, train every day with us as

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play two games. He has had a tough couple of months at Madrid, injury

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wise. It wasn't Garethmy decision, it was ours and Madrid. Both parties

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think it was the right thing. The bottom line is we have to look at it

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the player. His partner is due to give birth as well. Yes, she is

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ready to give birth. If he was 100% fit, it would be different. Taking

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everything into consideration, his family comes first. No Aaron Ramsey.

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How concerned are you that he has got another soft muscle injury

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playing for Arsenal? It is disappointing but there is nothing

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we can do. All we can do is make sure Aaron gets what he needs. And

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that he is ready going into the summer, going into the turn. A

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player is as good as Aaron Ramsey, they belong Internet and the big

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stage. Yet a tough time, but that can happen to anybody. Let me ask

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you about your contract situation. You have been meeting with the F a W

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to talk about your future, what has happened with that? Will you be

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staying beyond Euro 2016? Nothing has happened, really. There was one

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discussion last week. Now we have these two games coming up. You know

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with these things, they will never be solved in one meeting. One

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discussion is... It is not just go to happen like that. Two weeks, I

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just want to concentrate on getting two performances out of our players

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and learning about about one or two players that we need to know more

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about. Once these two games are over, there will be another

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discussion and we will take it on from there. Excitement is building

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hugely, good luck for these two games. Thank you.

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And we have those games covered for you right here. The friendly against

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Northern Ireland and Ukraine, both live on BBC Two Wales.

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It is 20 weeks until the start of the Olympics. One of written's big

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medal is the Welsh athlete Non Stanford, who has booked her place

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in the meat. Our correspondent met the Leeds -based athlete as she made

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a rare visit home to Swansea. Non Stanford, she confirmed her

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selection for Rio. What is it like having Non Stanford back home? It is

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lovely because we do not get home very often. She came home for

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Christmas and I guess we will not see her home until late October.

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Twice a year is pretty unfair, isn't it? Now she is home, is she still

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sticking to the same training regime? It'll be lighter for the

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next two days, she trained very heavy before I picked up yesterday

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afternoon. She has two days were it will be lighter and acting on

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Saturday she is back out on the bike and putting a few more miles in.

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What bring the back home to Wales? I do not get to go home very often but

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one of my cousins is getting married and I thought I would take the

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opportunity to come back. See all my friends and family and head back up

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north before the season really gets under way. How is the training going

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back up and lead? It is going well, which is nice. It has been a weird

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start to the Wear. It has been a surreal, all of the culture is

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holding you back and saying do not do too much too soon. I have enjoyed

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it and enjoying being back into the full swing of things will stop being

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allowed to train really hard and get the Albert Inn.

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For us, the test event wasn't just a chance to see the cause, it was our

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first selection race. Really pleased to come away with a still the

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middle. Everyone who was they who will probably be there at the

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Olympics, it was a real test and really exciting to see the course, I

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think it will suit all the Brits, it is a tough technical bike, a sea

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swim, I seem to be better swimming in the sea, as opposed to a calm

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lake or river swim, and the running is pretty fast, that all suits me,

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and the atmosphere is incredible, even for the test event. I think

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it's good to be fantastic win the game 's land in Rio. Have you adapt,

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knowing you have qualified for Rio a year out, that must be so difficult?

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It was obviously incredible, and it has taken a lot of pressure off and

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I'm really glad I'm not at the minute trying to qualify like the

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other athletes. Helen Jenkins is trying to get the qualifying right

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now, how do you fancy her chances? It's a tough task, I don't envy her

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chances, she is on the Gold Coast trying to get that last spot, the

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talk is of her and Joe Stimpson, it is hard to call between the two of

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them, who will deliver on the day. I think Helen is more than capable of

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being the third girl. I did read somewhere that you are fairly

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confident on that final change, if you are in the right position, you

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are confident you can go all the way. Ideal scenario when I got off

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the bike is I'm in the front group and we had off on the run together,

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I think we might do a bit of damage on the bike, hopefully I will be the

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stronger runner off that. This time next day, what will Non Stanford be

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happy with? Ivan Piris happy to be sacked with a medal around my neck,

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even happier if it was gold. I think that any athlete's dream, it's

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something I have drunk doesn't I was a little girl and I don't think

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that's unrealistic, which is a fortunate position to be in --

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something I have dreamt of since I was a little girl. To be in a

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position where you could even consider winning a gold medal is

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pretty special full stop I will be out there and cheering you on an

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hopefully you will bring back that middle. -- that medal.

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To rugby and can Wales and their Six Nations campaign with a thriller

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against Italy tomorrow? Surely they can turn on the style this time.

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Here we are at their very to Morgan training base. How are you feeling?

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Over the moon but very disappointed about last week's performance. We

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didn't come out of the blocks quick enough and gave ourselves a mountain

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to climb. We know we have just got to pick ourselves up and put in a

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performance on Saturday. Have you spoken about that performance? We

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have had a bit of soul-searching, asking questions the did it go

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wrong. We weren't at the races for whatever reason but it's gone now

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and as long as we learned from it. You have to move on quickly, sport

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waits for no one, and we have to put Saturday to bed. We have a chance to

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finish second, supported with can't win it but we're going to go out

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there and hopefully play good rugby. It's the last game for them, they

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have nothing to lose, I'm sure it will be a tough first 40, hopefully

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we can weather the storm. Has Sam Warburton been in touch? He has

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given me a text and said well done, mate. Throughout the squad are a lot

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of leaders, it makes my life quite easy. Hopefully we will put

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ourselves in a good position to get the win. Any habits you will miss or

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not miss? I will miss Jane's snoring! I can't really think of it

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at the minute. Maybe you're looking forward to having a break from some

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of! There are covered characters to stay away from! Only joking. --

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couple of characters. I will come back to you!

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The Wales players, obviously keen to end on a high. What do you make of

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the team, four changes, Dan Lydiate as captain? A lot of them are injury

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changes. The only one real change is Rhys Webb at scrum-half. I think

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Gareth Davies has been unlucky, he has been a standout but

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unfortunately, International rugby, you pick the best team and they

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think Rhys Webb is the better player. We haven't got any players

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in the centre to change, you're not going to change much with the

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forwards, from the interesting one would be to put Priestland in, he

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has got confidence back, he's more than attacking player then Dan

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Biggar, but maybe he doesn't have the control of Dan Biggar, so it's a

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no win situation, everyone expects them to put a big score on, if they

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don't, everyone will be frustrated and if they do, everyone will say

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they expected it. I've them to get the basics right, the defence right,

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and let's see what they have been doing in the training, on the

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attacking front, they looked a very good side in the last ten minutes

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against England so I would like to see the same on Saturday against

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Italy, and play what's in front of them. It has been a pretty abysmal

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Six Nations for Italy, what would be a minimum requirement from Wales,

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what's acceptable? Got to attack from the start? They put 60 on them

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last year, I think 50 points would be... Would be acceptable, I think,

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I forget the manner in which they play. When you see them with the

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ball in hand, not floundering and not thinking what they are doing and

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going through patterns, let's just hit midfield, but Liam Williams,

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hitting outside the 13 channel, picking mismatches out and the

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centre having go and creating opportunities, that's what I would

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like to see and then the big forward platform, and a great spectacle. Out

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in Paris, Orange and going to complete the Grand Slam? I think

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they will be too powerful, England, think they will win the Grand Slam

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but if it's a loose game, France might cause them problems but if

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France to win, I think it'll be a shock. Thank you very much indeed.

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That's it for the night. We're back next Thursday at 7pm to preview the

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Wales football friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine. Enjoy

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your weekend.

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