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Steely Welsh determination - Howley

08th March 2014 08:58

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Wales assistant coach Robert Howley admits there is a "steely determination" in the camp ahead of Sunday's Twickenham showdown.

Wales take on England in what could prove a vital Six Nations clash for both sides, and Howley says the visitors are focused on keeping their hopes of a thirs successive title on track.

"There is a steely determination in the camp," Howley told the South Wales Evening Post.

"All teams have goals and, coming into the championship, we spoke about being a team to win three championships. That is the internal, collective motivation."

As one of Wales' best-ever scrum-halves, and a British and Irish Lion, Howely knows the importance of the duel between Rhys Webb and Danny Care.

"You always look at duels in the game, but I always see the number nine coming up against the back row and it is about keeping the likes of Morgan and Wood honest around the fringes," added Howley.

"There is a right time and place to do that. Rhys' decision-making against France was excellent and he has to keep doing what he did in that game and not overthink too much.

"Rhys has been involved in our environment before and he knows the standards we set. He set them against France and he just has to keep on doing what he is doing and not focus on other things other than his own game."

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