Wales players wait on RWC cuts

Date published: August 10 2015

Justin Tipuric admits the entire Welsh squad is nervous about final selection for the World Cup after a poor display against Ireland.

The Welsh were hammered in Cardiff by Joe Schmidt's side, going down 35-21, with Alex Cuthbert's late try making the final scoreline look more respectable.

Tipuric also crossed in the second half, and was very visible around the park, however he and the rest of the Welsh pack came off distinctly second-best.

The two teams will meet again in three weeks, in Dublin, and with Warren Gatland set to cut his squad by eight to ten players this week, Tipuric revealed that the players are on edge.

"I think everyone's nervous. Whether you're involved or not, nobody expects to be going. That's part of rugby," said Tipuric.

"There are ups and downs and you always have your fingers crossed that you'll be involved.

"It's frustrating and never nice to lose a Test match. There were too many errors and Ireland made us pay for them.

"Don't get me wrong, you want to win every Test game and it's always frustrating when you lose but we're in a conditioning block and we can see where we are now. We can improve from this and get better and better as we move on.

"There's a bit more fitness to come as well. When you play for Wales you have to the fittest and strongest you can be.

"So I think there's a bit more of that to come and a lot more rugby, which is part of the programme."