Wales are hungry as ever to win Six Nations

Date published: January 20 2016

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Wales assistant coach Rob Howley believes the squad's wealth of experience will help them win matches in this year's Six Nations.

Warren Gatland is at the helm for his eighth Six Nations campaign in charge of Wales, having won three titles and two Grand Slams during that time in charge.

Despite that length of time in charge Howley believes the desire within the coaching staff to win is as strong as ever.

“There will always be a hunger in this group to win games,” Howley told reporters.

“Warren [Gatland] has put in place an environment which gives a team a very high percentage of wins. He is a past master at doing that.

"Winning becomes a habit. We have managed to do that over the last eight years we have been together. The coaches are competitive and know that winning often comes down to one or two key moments in a match.

"That is where experience kicks in. And that is why we have picked such an experienced squad.”

Howley also addressed the selection of Rhys Priestland, who allegedly was set to take a break from Test rugby following the Rugby World Cup to focus on his club career with Bath.

"He never told us he would not be available after joining Bath," Howley explained.

"He has always been available to be selected by Wales, and there has never been a conversation with him suggesting otherwise.

"He (Priestland) has been very confident about where his game is at, and we are confident he will be able to do what he has done in the past."

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