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Robin Mcbryde: 'We have to embrace this occasion'

Robin McBryde (centre) in his playing days Credit: PA

Forwards coach Robin McBryde insists Wales will embrace tomorrow's match at Twickenham, after declaring, 'the hottest fires forge the toughest steel'.

England, presumably still reeling from their 30-3 defeat in Cardiff last year, have been revealed as the favourites to win against Wales, in the all-important 6 Nations showdown.

McBryde says he fears the backlash of beating Stuart Lancaster's men at the Millennium Stadium, but knows the psychological impact victory would have, ahead of their meeting in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

He said,

"England are a better team than last year and any bad experience, as long as you learn from it, can be turned into a big positive. That result in Cardiff could work against us.

We have to embrace this occasion because it won't get any easier at the World Cup.

It's a game of rugby and a game we all love because of the attritional side of it. It's not touch it's not football.

When the whistle goes it's 15 versus 15. We have experience and hopefully we can bring that to bear. Hopefully it will be a good advert for the Six Nations."

McBryde to remain as Wales forwards coach

The Wales Assistant Coach Robin McBryde has agreed a contract extension to remain with the WRU until the end of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. His decision to commit his immediate future to Wales means the entire senior Wales coaching team will now remain in place for the next four years.

I am delighted to be staying in Wales to continue to build on the important achievements of the past few years. It is a great coaching environment in which to operate and I know that as a unit under Warren’s guidance we are ready to savour all the challenges which lie ahead.

I am a very proud Welshman so it is particularly important to me that I can now help build our squad towards their involvement in the next Rugby World Cup.

– Robin McBryde

I’m pleased to say we’ve successfully concluded discussions with Robin and he will now remain with us at least until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup. I was determined to deliver the coaching team Warren Gatland wants and Robin is part of that first choice group. We now have complete stability in the senior squad coaching team and so there is real and meaningful continuity ahead.

– WRU Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis

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