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Carré describes ‘surreal achievement’

Loosehead Carré made his professional debut a little over a year ago.

Carré describes ‘surreal achievement’

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Rhys Carré is determined to help Wales click into gear to finish their Guinness Six Nations campaign on a high against Scotland this weekend.

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The Cardiff-born loosehead prop has enjoyed a rapid rise to the international stage after only making his professional debut just over a year ago. The 22-year-old is pushing for a maiden Championship start having featured off the bench in the brutal away clashes with England and Ireland.

Scotland come to Cardiff on the back of a confidence-boosting triumph over France at Murrayfield, but Carré believes his men are ready to showcase all they have learned from a tough campaign at Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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“Obviously we aren’t happy with the way we’ve played. We’ve made quite a few errors and we haven’t taken our opportunities,” he said. “We know that. We need to put our best foot forward going into the summer. We are going to put everything into this game, try to capitalise on the opportunities we make and make less errors.

“It’s hard to say because we want to play slightly differently to how we have been. It’s going to take time and we know that.

“Errors are the only way we learn. It’s not ideal we are losing games because we want to win every game. We will do our best to do that this weekend.”

Carré has had to learn on the job after being handed a surprise selection for the Rugby World Cup squad.

He’s since been learning his craft under the guidance of Mark McCall at European champions Saracens. And he is loving every second of serving his apprenticeship at the top level.

“It’s been a bit of a weird 12 months for me,” he said. “This time last year I had no official contract offered to me.

“It was all up in the air and I made the big decision to move to Saracens. I don’t regret it at all. I got lucky enough to get picked to go to the World Cup. I enjoyed my time there. It’s been all go since really. It’s quite surreal.

“I don’t think I’ve played 25 professional games of rugby yet so to achieve what I have is surreal. I would never have seen it coming to be honest.”

Wales will be determined to finish their 2020 campaign with a flourish on Saturday afternoon, but Carré is under no illusions about the size of the task that faces them this weekend.

“You don’t take anything for granted especially in international rugby,” he added. “All the teams are well drilled and have really good players. When a team rocks up and plays really well like that you aren’t surprised.

“Scotland will pose a good challenge on the weekend but it’s nothing we can’t live up to. We are looking forward to it.”

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