Wales coach Steve Hansen has compared his struggling side to the country's soccer team of two years ago, and vows that his men will echo the success of Mark Hughes' players. Hughes turned the country's worst-ever soccer side into Euro 2004 contenders, and Hansen says he can do the same.
Hansen, under fire after a record sixth consecutive Test loss on Saturday, said he wished the fans knew how hard the squad was working.
"This result is just another chapter in the life of this team," the Kiwi
said after Wales secured the Six Nations wooden spoon with a 33-5 loss to France in Paris.
"The results we're getting are not reflecting how much effort the guys
are putting in.
"The Welsh soccer team went through a similar patch and everyone was panning them and booing them. Now look at them. Last season we lost by record margins to England and Ireland, so the improvement is there to see.
"If you keep working hard, you'll get your rewards. I knew how hard this
job would be when I started, but I honestly believe Wales will be a
great team again."
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference