Edwards wants Wales to raise the bar

Date published: February 9 2016

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Welsh legend Gareth Edwards revealed he was disappointed with the negative style of play Wales showed during their Six Nations clash with Ireland on the weekend.

The northern rivals battled to a 16-all draw at Aviva Stadium in their first international since the Rugby World Cup. 

Edwards acknowledged that it is always tough to go away from home but indicated that he was expecting a more expansive game plan against Ireland.

"Out in Dublin it is never easy but the game left a lot to be desired," quipped the great British and Irish Lion to the BBC.

"We've always, predominantly after a World Cup, enjoyed a surge in a different style.

"We thought we might see a little bit of the adventure that Japan showed against South Africa and maybe the way Argentina played.

"We'll have to raise the bar somewhat but Wales have got the personnel to do so."

Meanwhile, with fly-half Dan Biggar still in doubt for Saturday's fixture against Scotland, Rhys Priestland is likely to start. Former Wales captain Gywn Jones was impressed with what he saw from the pivot in the Six Nations opener. 

"You always worry with Rhys' personal confidence and sometimes he can look a bit shaky," said Jones.

"But he played well. It was an open game, which suits him and he gets the backline moving better than Biggar in many ways and he kicked well from the floor.

"I think he can look forward with confidence with him improving in the next game and playing with more authority again."

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