Baldwin driven ahead of World Cup

Date published: June 28 2015

Wales hooker Scott Baldwin wants to make up for lost time as the country's Rugby World Cup preparations step up a level in Switzerland and Qatar.

The Ospreys front-row, who established himself as first choice hooker during 2015's Six Nations, is looking to retain the red jersey in the coming months.

It has been a delayed shot to fame for the 26-year-old though, as he struggled to make the Ospreys starting team when they were coached by Scott Johnson.

"I didn't really see eye-to-eye with Scott Johnson and it wasn't until Steve Tandy came in that I was told I would play," the hooker told the Western Telegraph.

"He didn't think much of me as a player but I don't really care about him.

"I care about what the Wales coaches and the coaches at my region think and, most of all, what the players you're playing with think.

"For me it's about doing my best for the players I'm playing with and the coaches I'm playing for."

An excited Baldwin added: "This is the first time I've been involved before a World Cup. It's nice to turn up but everyone is fighting tooth and nail now to get into that 31-man squad for the tournament.

"I felt quite proud at that moment and if I could go to a World Cup that would be the greatest feeling possible."