Robin McBryde insists Welsh confidence is still riding high ahead of Sunday's clash with France despite their drubbing in Ireland. The British Lions hooker will beef up the Wales front row in the wake of their devastating defeat at Lansdowne Road. McBryde missed the trip to Dublin where Wales were brought crashing back to earth from their Rugby World Cup euphoria by Ireland's rejuvenated pack, but that has not dented hopes of pulling off a major shock against the France on Sunday. "We haven't got bogged down with the defeat against Ireland," said McBryde. "One thing we have been made aware of by Steve Hansen is not to get fazed by the pressure from the media for success. We must just stay focused on playing as well as we can and then results will follow. "We don't want to sway from one end of the spectrum to the other. No one was more disappointed by the result and the performance in Ireland than the players. Sometimes in rugby things just don't go right but we've identified the reasons for that and there is still plenty of games left in this Championship.
"Ireland was not so much a wake up call but highlighted areas that we needed to focus on if we want to play the type of open game we have been. We want to throw the ball around and play an expansive game but we have got to be ready for teams who want to stop us.
"Fair play to Ireland they targeted our rucks and really slowed our ball down but we have got to come up with other ways of playing. France will probably be an even tougher test, especially up front. They are a very physical side."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.