Wales With A Point To Prove
Wales have a point to prove on Saturday.
Despite playing the best rugby in this years Six Nations by some distance many still choose to doubt this sides credentials. Scan the rugby blogs and forums and you will find plenty of people who still seem to think that this Welsh side is not the real deal.
As a Welsh rugby fan it is a little strange to type this but Wales have nothing to fear going to Twickenham. This young England side will improve but Wales have already beaten a much stronger team away from home this season in Ireland.
England will be led from the front by the so far impressive Chris Robshaw. On Saturday however the England captain will face his toughest assignment yet in an England shirt when he has to go head to head with Sam Warburton. Robshaw has impressive qualities but master of the breakdown is not one of them.
I met Robshaw last year ahead of the Amlin Challenge Cup final at the Cardiff City Stadium. Harlequins were playing Stade Francais (Robshaw led Quins to a narrow victory.) I was working for Associated Sports Images (www.asi.photoshelter.com)
and needed a picture to convey the excitement and build up to the final. Thought it might be good to have the two captains face off against each other like they have boxers do. That's how the picture below came about, Parisse vs Robshaw, I've always liked this one.
Anyway, with or without Robshaw Wales should be to good this weekend. We have so many danger men at present you can't keep them all quiet. Stop Roberts? Space for Davies. Stop Phillips? Look out for Priestland. Stop North? Best of luck with that...