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Ross Moriarty tipped for 'bigger and bigger things' by coach Robin McBryde

Ross Moriarty has been tipped for "bigger and bigger things" by Wales assistant coach, Robin McBryde following his display in Wales' Six Nations clash against England.

Ross Moriarty Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

The 22-year-old Gloucester back-row forward is just 14 games into his Test match career and his current form has made him a contender for this summer's British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

Wales have a number of choices in the back-row department when they resume against Scotland at Murrayfield in nine days' time.

Taulupe Faletau returned from injury by replacing Moriarty in the second-half against England, while both of Wales' 2013 Lions flankers - Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric are also options for interim head coach Rob Howley.

He can go a lot further, without doubt.

He has come on leaps and bounds, and last Saturday was evidence of how effective he can be, both with and without the ball.

His ball carrying is obviously a big plus for us, but on Saturday he offered an all-round game. He put some telling tackles in.

Admittedly, he is playing in a little bit of an unfamiliar position for him at number eight, but he is going to go on to bigger and bigger things.

We are blessed there with all those (back-row) names in the hat, as well as James King, It is a very keenly-contested area. It is a nice headache to have. You have also got to look at what the opposition are doing.

The balance is going to be key and the type of game we want to employ, plus the threats the opposition possess.

– Robin McBryde, Wales assistant coach
Robin McBryde speaking at a press conference Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Howley is not due to name his starting line-up until next Thursday, and lock Luke Charteris could be in the selection frame.

Charteris missed Wales' appointments with Italy and England due to a fractured hand.

He did a bit of passing today, albeit he has still got a bit of protection on his hand.

Everything is going in the right direction.

– Robin McBryde, Wales assistant coach
Luke Charteris Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Wales have suffered one defeat against Scotland since 2003, but their displays against Ireland and France this month mean that impressive record could come under serious threat.

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I know Scotland have got a few injury concerns, but they will be ready for us,

It's normally a fast game, the breakdown is always a keenly-contested one, and they have always got one or two things up their sleeve at lineout time, which we saw in their first game against Ireland.

They will be heartened and will take a lot of confidence from their first two matches, as we have done, so it's all to play for.

It is never easy going up to Murrayfield, and we are just looking forward to a great contest.

They have got some dangerous runners behind, and they will be keen to use those runners.

They caused France a few headaches, and when they get that tempo in their game as well, they are a big threat.

There were a lot of good things (against England).

You can perhaps focus too much on what went wrong and what we should have done differently, and forget the good stuff.

The players and management have all put their hands up where we think we could have done something a bit better.

There has been a good honesty and accountability across the board, and that is the way we move forward.Overall, against Italy and England, there has been a willingness to play, a willingness to get out there and play rugby, and that will be the case against Scotland.

– Robin McBryde, Wales assistant coach

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