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."
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose
WRUTV caught up with Wales Women captain Rachel Taylor at the RBS 6 Nations launch and how a good crowd really helps boost the girls performance. Tickets for all three Women's home games at The Gnoll, Neath are available from www.wru.wales/tickets