Wales beaten by Ireland

Despite a remarkable resurgence in the second half, Wales lost 30-22 to Ireland in their first game of their Six Nations campaign.

Pressure on captain Warburton's place

Wales skipper Sam Warburton is tackled by Rory Best, in a Six Nations opener won by Ireland in Cardiff. Credit: PA.

Wales Assistant Coach Shaun Edwards says nobody in the squad will take selection for granted, as competition for places hots up ahead of their second Six Nations game, against France.

Former captain Ryan Jones has recovered from a thumb injury and could add some experience, Aaron Shingler is also available after getting a rib injury against Ireland, and Justin Tipuric impressed off the bench on Saturday - meaning competition in the back row is particularly fierce.

There has been plenty of claims made in recent months about in-form Ospreys man Tipuric deserving a starting berth on the openside, in place of captain Sam Warburton, as Wales have struggled to eight defeats in a row since last year's Grand Slam.

"Everyone will be nervous, and that is the way it should be in international rugby," Edwards said. "Even the experienced players should know they are two bad games away from being in jeopardy."

Interim coach Rob Howley is due to name his team on Thursday, to face France in Paris on Saturday.

Wales fall below Italy in world rankings

Ryan Jones, Richard Hibbard and Aaron Shingler are all available to face France on Saturday. Credit: PA

Wales have slipped below Italy to 10th in the latest IRB world rankings, published today.

Defeat to Ireland on Saturday was their eight on the bounce since winning the Grand Slam last spring.

Italy's famous win over France - who Wales face next - boosts them ahead of Rob Howley's side.

Scotland are now the only Six Nations side below Wales in the rankings.


Adam Jones: Six Nations campaign is "fixable"

Wales looking dejected after defeat to Ireland
Wales saw the defence of their Six Nations crown crumble at the Millennium Stadium Credit: Tim Ireland / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Veteran Wales prop Adam Jones says their Six Nations campaign is "definitely fixable", despite the Grand Slam and Triple Crown now being out of reach.

Wales lost 30-22 at home against Ireland on Saturday, having been 20 points behind at half-time.

They now have to travel to Paris to face a France team wounded from a shock defeat in Italy.

Jones said: "It's all about playing sensibly. Things are definitely fixable. Everyone is disappointed, but what's good about this group is there are a lot of young boys in it and everyone is keen to improve and do well in the next game."

"There is no point crying over this now. We have to work hard in training and go out to Paris without fear."

Six Nations: Howley 'frustrated and disappointed' by Wales performance

It was a disappointing start to Wales' six nations campaign as they lost their opening game by 22 points to 30.

Despite a valiant second half fightback, Ireland proved too strong for the defending champions, who are now without a win since June.

"There's a lot of talented players in this squad, and of course there'll be some frustrations and disappointments" says caretaker coach Rob Howley.

"We just need to look at that first twenty/twenty-five minutes and take what's good out of that second half".


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First Minister: 'Make Wales proud again'

I want to wish the team the best of luck as the Six Nations gets underway.

Even though we had some tough games in the Autumn, we have been here before and proved we have what it takes to deliver during the Six Nations.

So my message to the team is be confident, you can do this. As always, make Wales proud again as you defend your Grand Slam.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister
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