Rory Best Speaks Emotionally After Final Six Nations Game In Dublin

Adam Griggs is sweating over the fitness of several players

Adam Griggs is sweating over the fitness of several players

Gareth Anscombe, the Wales fly-half, has hailed Warren Gatland as the best head coach in Wales' history ahead of Saturday's Grand Slam decider against Ireland.

Wales have won a national record 13 successive tests since losing to Ireland in February past year in Dublin. "We set ourselves the goal of the Grand Slam at the start of the campaign after a successful autumn", he said.

"We know that's something we'll have to manage".

'We still have a shout and we know that if we get a performance then the pressure is on England and they you never know what might happen'.

"We have done exceptionally well to put us in this position, but it won't mean anything if we don't finish the job on the weekend".

"He is improving. His return to training is gradual, and there has been no contact, and we will gradually increase that to see how he is, but everything is moving in the right direction at the moment". The regions struggle when they do not have their best players: the second tier battles a bit and that is something they need to get right for the regions to really kick on.

'I don't think we'll talk too much about the psychology of them.

Ireland beat world champions New Zealand in Dublin in November and while Sunday's match was nowhere near those heights, an encouraged Best said: "We played a lot more attacking rugby, there was a lot more motion out there in the first half especially we are a lot closer to how we were in November".

While not flawless, Conan believes Ireland were "so much better" than they had been in earlier games throughout the competition. "They're saying they have forgotten how to lose and all that".

There were whispers that maybe Jacques Brunel's men may be a force to be reckoned with, but despite their late exploits this result was another reminder of just how far short they are.

"Again, we'll give them the respect that they absolutely deserve".

"The French got knocked back early and it was hard for them to then get back on the front foot, but I think part of the hardship was that we kept that pressure on".

'I know from talking to some of the Welsh lads on previous tours that the expectation in Wales is huge all the time and it will be at its highest this week to get a Grand Slam.

The hooker, who turns 37 in August, said a break in Belfast for the squad last week - including a dinner out with a few glasses of wine - had done wonders to freshen them up a bit and change their environment.

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