Beard keen for Wales to bounce back in return fixture against England

Wales’ first defeat for almost 18 months last Sunday was accompanied by another rare event – lock Adam Beard losing a Test match.

The Six Nations champions’ four-Test World Cup warm-up schedule began with a 33-19 reversal against England at Twickenham.

It was also the first time in 14 games for his country that Ospreys forward Beard had finished on the losing side since being handed a Wales debut against Samoa in Apia more than two years ago.

Adam Beard

We would have liked to keep the winning streak going, but we know what we have got to work on now going into this weekend. As disappointing as it was, we’ve just got to respond.

The main target is what is coming in six weeks (Wales’ World Cup opener against Georgia) so we will work on the negatives from Twickenham and right those wrongs at home.

You can do all the training in the world, the fitness and the physical work in the gym, but there is nothing like getting out there on the field. You need those carries and big tackles to prepare for what is to come. The physicality was right up there and will stand us in good stead.

Everybody is on their toes, and that is making everybody work so hard in every session and every game.


Wales boss Warren Gatland fielded 13 of the starting line-up at Twickenham that delivered a Six Nations title and Grand Slam-winning victory over Ireland in March.

He has indicated it will be a similar team at the Principality Stadium – his starting line-up is announced today – although at least one change is guaranteed after fly-half Gareth Anscombe suffered a World Cup-ending knee injury three days ago.

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