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@oj121 So of all the Welsh interest in the match Williams, Rees-Zammit and Lloyd (Bristol bench)... it’s Dan Thomas that has been getting major love from the commentators (& deservedly so). Looks quite small for a backrow but gets away with it. With all the quality at 7 in the Welsh squad though, I don’t think he’ll ever get a look in.
 

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Can Thomas convert to center please?

Shame Williams wasnt up to speed. I really dont rate Parkes at all. At this point in his career he is only going to get slower and he isnt suddenly going to become some magician with the ball!
 

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Can Thomas convert to center please?

Shame Williams wasnt up to speed. I really dont rate Parkes at all. At this point in his career he is only going to get slower and he isnt suddenly going to become some magician with the ball!

Well we definitely can’t rely on him long term but in fairness to the guy he basically played the whole World Cup with one arm. He was a frikkin stalwart during last years 6 Nations though. I think he will probably be phased out during the next two years but in the few years he will been a Welsh international he will have done himself proud.

Long term the Blues obviously have Ben Thomas but I’ve read that Nick Tompkins is actually more comfortable at 12 than he is 13 (though he has had game time at both). Hopefully some more talent will start to emerge though as it does feel a bit sparse at centre.
 

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Given the options at 13, I wonder if (as we're playing Italy), Pivac might give North just half a game at 13 (he seems to be the first choice from what info has come out), and someone else for the second half? We couldn't really risk that against a major team, but lets face it, Italy aren't the All Blacks...
 

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Given the options at 13, I wonder if (as we're playing Italy), Pivac might give North just half a game at 13 (he seems to be the first choice from what info has come out), and someone else for the second half? We couldn't really risk that against a major team, but lets face it, Italy aren't the All Blacks...
Yeah, without wanting to disrespect Italy but if you’re gonna ‘try’ things in the 6 Nations... this is the game to do it in.
 

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scrum v 6 Nations Special in 15 minutes...
 

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I wonder how different training is under Pivac compared to Gats. I remember he'd previously said with the Scarlets that every training session (apart from weights of course) is done with a ball in hand to ensure that ball handling and skills are an ever present in all they do. I never got the feeling that Gatland worked like that!

Really hoping to see the lads' basic ball handling improve during Pivac's tenure. I always thought there was room for improvement there under Gats.
 

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Navidi ruled out for a month! That's a shame for him, surely that means a Wainwright, Tirpuic and Faletau starting back row.
 

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Aye, big shame for Navidi. Position of strength for us though, so not a massive blow. Interesting if/who will be called up as a replacement?
 

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Gutted for him... as much as I like Wainwright, at this point I'd go with Navidi. I just get the impression opposition hate having to deal with him.
 
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