Six Nations: Wales morale lifted by a week in the French sun says Rio Dyer

Dylan Coetzee
Wales star Rio Dyer looks to gather the ball during a Test match

Wales speedster Rio Dyer believes the morale in the camp has improved after a week of training in the sun in the south of France.

Warren Gatland’s side come off a much better performance against Italy, where they claimed a 29-17 win and avoided the dreaded Wooden Spoon.

Coming out of a difficult period

The wing admits it has been a difficult period for the team and Welsh rugby in general amid all their off-field issues.

“There has been a lot of pressure back in Wales, and for the whole of Welsh rugby it has been a difficult challenge,” Dyer said.

“But we have been out in a different place in the sun, not the snow and rain, and that has brought the morale of the boys up a bit.

“It is a big part of what we are trying to do and what we took to Rome especially, trying to enjoy the rugby in the little moments.

“I play rugby to enjoy it, that’s the main thing. Going out there and leaving all the negativity aside.

“There is rugby negativity everywhere, so try and shut that off as much as you can and just try to focus on what you are here to do and enjoy it as much as you can.”

Cannot let up at all

Dyer is still only starting out his Test career and says he has learnt that at the highest level, one cannot afford to be even slightly off the mark.

“Some of the players you are coming up against have got 50-plus caps,” Dyer added.

“You realise the difference between that and someone who is obviously just starting, and that you can be exposed.

“You can’t really switch off at all, and if you give that 10 per cent less you are going to be punished for it. That is the main thing I’ve taken from it.

“Mistakes are going to be made, but it is about what you do after those mistakes are made.

“I am here to try and push my game as far as I can go, and if the mistakes happen then it is my responsibility to put it right.

“Counter-attacking rugby probably favours what I like to do. Going forward into the World Cup, if we can get that nailed on then I think we can cause real damage.”

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