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Wales working hard to improve – Faletau

Taulupe Faletau

Wales working hard to improve – Faletau

Wales may be still seeking their first win in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations, but Taulupe Faletau says the mood in the camp is still positive. 

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Selection for the Italy match would see Faletau in line to win his 99th cap for Wales in Rome this weekend and he believes getting back to basics is the key to success.

“Things haven’t gone the way we wanted them to, but we are just trying to work together and get better results moving forward,” said Faletau. 

“The mood has been positive, and we spoke last week about there are only two weeks left. We want to enjoy the last two weeks together.” 

Wales have lost to Ireland and England at home and were beaten by Scotland in Edinburgh. The Italians have also lost all three games to date.  

 “The results haven’t come. We are still working hard to put things right,” added the Cardiff No 8.  “We’re all just trying to do the basics. The errors in our game haven’t helped us, and also our discipline. It’s about getting the basics right and just trying to enjoy ourselves on and off the pitch.  “Italy have been pretty impressive with the performances they’ve put in. They’ve been a tough team to play and I’m sure it’ll be the same on the weekend.”  “Last year’s defeat to them still hurts. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we are going to look to make those improvements on the weekend.” 

With only five games to go before the World Cup kicks-off in France – Italy and France in the Six Nations and then England home and away and South Africa at home in the summer – Faletau believes there is enough time to build up confidence ahead of the tournament. 

“I’m confident in the squad and the players. We’ve got some really talented players, individually that is, but we’ve got to come together as a team,” added Faletau. 
“I don’t see a reason why we can’t do that. Now Warren is back as coach, everybody is trying to adapt to the way he wants us to play.  “It doesn’t happen overnight but with time we’ll get to know how he wants us to play. Things should be better.”

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