Rhys Webb has said that the forthcoming match against England in the Six Nations is a “massive fixture” for the Welsh team.
However, Webb stressed that the team is far more focused on themselves in a “very positive environment” rather than letting the excitement of an England visit to Cardiff get the better of them.
Neither side player particularly well in the opening match last weekend. Wales left it late before defeating Italy and England just edged home against France. However, the clash between two of rugby’s fiercest rivals is sure to be exciting.
Furthermore, the outcome could have a major impact on how the Six Nations title race shapes up. England are seeking back-to-back wins and Wales is after its first championship success since 2013.
“The boys are pretty excited, it has been a great start to the campaign,” Webb said. “It is a very positive environment to be in. It is a massive fixture [against England]. But we are not going to get too carried away. We are just going to concentrate on ourselves and put a big focus on ourselves.”
He said that they watched the England game against France but rather than deconstruct it in minute detail they are going to concentrate on themselves.
The most pressing concern for Wales is likely to be fitness. Fly-half Dan Biggar suffered a blow to his ribs in Rome and was forced off at half-time and try-scoring wing George North took a heavy early knock to his thigh before playing on.
Furthermore, Taulupe Faletau hasn’t played in a match since Christmas Eve due to a knee problem and his Bath teammate Luke Charteris also missed the game in Rome due to a fracture in his hand.