Selection ‘ongoing’ in the Wales camp as Rugby World Cup squad cut looms

Wales assistant coach Mike Forshaw during a training sesion. Credit: Alamy

Wales assistant coach Mike Forshaw during a training sesion. Credit: Alamy

Wales defence coach Mike Forshaw underlined that there is still opportunity across the board for players to push for a spot in the team’s Rugby World Cup squad.

The side who are looking to find some form going into the global showpiece amid a busy year off the field has been in Turkey this week. The 48-man squad will have to be trimmed to 33 for the tournament in France.

Door is open

Forshaw insists that selection is still very open at this stage but when they get closer to the warm-up against the Springboks in Cardiff on August 19 they will start looking at who is hitting form at the right time.

“Selection is always ongoing,” Forshaw said. “When staff are having a cup of tea, there’ll be a chat, ‘He’s looking different, he’s looking really good’. I think when we get to the South Africa week we’ll have to really start thinking about the final 33.

“That will probably be decided around that weekend. In my thoughts, that’s how it will be. ‘Gats’ might say something different but at the moment everybody is in with a chance. That’s the great thing about this squad.

“There could be a lightning bolt from some of these players in these warm-up games where you think ‘Woah, now he’s really in contention’. That’s the exciting thing about picking squads.”

Team focus

The camp in Turkey was preceded by a Switzerland camp where a big focal point was pulling together as more of a unit.

“I always thought the Six Nations was going to be a little bit tough. There was going to have to be little pain along the way, but we’ve come into a camp where it’s more Team Wales,” Forshaw said.

“We’ve got these guys together for quite a while and in my eyes it’s like training a club team.

“We’ve got a club team for the next few months and there’s more work we can do with them, combinations to work on and me getting my message across defensively and having more time to practice that.”

Dragons lock Ben Carter believes the impending squad selection boosts competition within the squad as everyone wants to go to France.

“The training is probably the hardest I’ve ever experienced,” the 22-year-old Dragons player said. “I’m loving it, it’s a real test.

“Everybody wants to be in that team so it creates quite a lot of competition within the squad, driving each other to be better and it’s a good place to be.

“It’s going to be tough to get into that final squad. We’re all working really hard hoping that we can go.”

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