Justin Tipuric admits the competition with Sam Warburton is driving the duo on.
Justin Tipuric reckons the fierce competition with Sam Warburton for Wales open-side berth is propelling both players to a new level.
The Ospreys star has pulled on the No.7 jersey in the last two matches of Wales' RBS 6 Nations defence, with Warburton left on the bench for the victory over Italy.
Rob Howley will confirm whether Tipuric or Warburton start against Scotland at Murrayfield when he announces his team tomorrow.
Tipuric admits his position is under threat but he reckons the competition is positive for all parties.
"It's not going to be easy, that's for sure," said Tipuric. "A lot of people have obviously made a big fuss about it, but we both just want to play.
"The main thing is we just want to see Wales do well. It's good competition and it's only pushing us to be better players.
"At the end of the day, we both want Wales to win and we both want our team-mates to do well. So, when we play, we just want to do our job for the team."
And the Ospreys star believes he has benefitted from the challenge he faced when he first came into the Ospreys ranks.
"It was obviously tough trying to get into the Ospreys when I first started," added Tipuric.
"At the time, they had unbelievable players in the back row, like Marty Holah, Jerry Collins, Filo Tiatia, Ryan Jones, Jonathan Thomas. All these players were massive internationals and I was fourth or fifth choice.
"It was just a bit of luck and having chance and trying to make the most of it. I've learned a lot from coming through that hard period and playing with those experienced players you learn a lot.
"Obviously now it's tough again to be competing with Sam. But it's another thing I've got to learn from and work on and keep training hard."
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