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King excited by Welsh potential

Alex King in planning mode with Dan Biggar at Welsh training.

King excited by Welsh potential

Newly appointed attack coach Alex King says Wales are determined to play an entertaining brand of rugby ahead of the 2023 Six Nations. 

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King joined Warren Gatland’s coaching staff ahead of the New Zealander’s second tenure in charge of Wales and says that they are eager to play the attacking brand which is rooted deep in the country’s DNA. 

“Gats got in touch with me around Christmas, and it went from there,” said the 47-year-old former England outside half. 

“We’ve done a lot of preparation before coming into camp, and there’s a real hunger in the squad to put things right from the previous campaign. 

“It’s about clear messaging because there are some fantastic players in this squad and what we want is to be really positive with what we do with the ball. We want to try and get everybody on the same page and use the players’ strengths.” 

King is returning to the Wales set-up after serving as the attacking coach in 2017 under Rob Howley, who took control of the side while Gatland was on a 10-month sabbatical ahead of leading the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand. 

“I loved that time. You understand the passion of the game here and what it means to people,” added King. 

“I’ve worked with Gats as a player at Wasps, I understand what his values are. So, it is a good fit. 

“There is an opportunity to see the quality of the players here and the growth potential over the course of this two-month period, and then moving on later into the season. 

“The team that plays against Ireland will be different to the team that plays against France. We’ll grow over the next two months – it’s exciting. 

“I remember the Ireland game six years ago, the atmosphere was electric, and we got on the right side of the scoreboard. The Welsh public are crying out to be proud of a performance, and hopefully, we’ll deliver.” 

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