Attitude is key for Edwards

Date published: February 5 2015

Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards has emphasised the need for his side to turn up with the right attitude against England on Friday.

Despite a dominant 30-3 win over England the last time the two sides met in Cardiff, Edwards’ focus has been on last year’s clash at Twickenham when Wales were beaten 29-18.

Leigh Halfpenny has also admitted the Wales were off the pace, with Wales reviewing the tape from Twickenham and comparing it with their performances against the All Blacks and Springboks last November.

“A lot of people talk about what happened here in Cardiff [in 2013], but we have never spoken about that,” said Edwards.

“We have only spoken about the last performance against England. Even to the fact where the players made themselves watch the first half at Twickenham, then watch the first half of the All Blacks game (in November), just to show the difference from one performance to the other with virtually the same side.

“The players made themselves do that, and we also watched some of the South Africa match. It demonstrated that when we turned up with the right attitude, we are not a bad team.”

Edwards believes Wales are in a far better condition to challenge for the title, having run out of steam in 2014 after two titles in a row.

“We are in a better place than we were this time last year, when there was a lot going on,” added Edwards.

“The lads had won two Six Nations, had come off a Lions series and there were the troubles with the regions, so there were quite a lot of distractions.

“I just feel we are more focused this year. We are also healthy, which is a massive factor.

“We had 18 changes last year (throughout the Six Nations), when England had four and Ireland three, and they were the top two teams. It goes in cycles.

“We have beaten South Africa, which was the second time in 100 years, and that got a monkey off our back.

“But we have always said we are judged on the Six Nations and competitions where you have a trophy at the end of it. The big competitions are the Six Nations and the World Cup.”