England hero Jonny Wilkinson says Wales are the side to watch in the RBS Six Nations Championship. England were out scored three tries to one and needed twenty-three points from their brilliant fly half to secure a nervous Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory over Steve Hansen's men in Brisbane in November.
Wilkinson, who has been ruled out of the forthcoming competiton due to a shoulder injury, is in no doubt that Clive Woodward's side face a tough challenge when the two countries meet at Twickenham on March 20th.
"In the Rugby World Cup we had direct contact with Wales, so we know a lot about them and the way they are playing at the moment is fantastic," he said. "They are there on merit and other teams have got to play well against Wales. They have made a statement by the way they played in the Rugby World Cup to say 'we could have beaten New Zealand and we could have beaten England'.
"So they are there, and France again who were favourites for the Rugby World Cup at one point."
Wilkinson said he was regarding every team as a potential banana skin: "I think everyone tends to play well against us anyway. Every team has got a bit of an image and pride to guard, but that is the way it is, you are judged on your last performance.
"We have got to make sure that after these next two weekends that we are continuing to move on a positive, upwards, curve."
The man who drop-kicked his country to glory Down Under knows everyone will be out to bring the world champions down a peg or two.
"It took a huge effort from everyone in the team to win the Rugby World Cup and we all pulled through and I think everyone should be proud of being able to say, however many times, that they were there," he continued. "What I am more scared of is that you might have to say I was there when we let ourselves down in the RBS Six Nations, or we had a bad tour.
"That is the sort of thing I fear having to talk about for the rest of my life, the missed opportunities and that does scare me a bit. The important thing now is that we get another medal to add to the pile."
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.