Dafydd Jenkins has highlighted the enormity of victory at Twickenham if Wales can finish their lengthy anticipate a Six Nations away win in opposition to England.
It has solely occurred twice for the reason that match started 24 years in the past, with Exeter lock Jenkins bidding to emulate earlier Wales captains Ryan Jones (2008) and Sam Warburton (2012) in toppling England on dwelling soil.
Jenkins, the youngest Wales skipper since Sir Gareth Edwards in 1968, was a junior college pupil when Scott Williams’ late strive secured a Triple Crown triumph at Twickenham throughout the 2012 marketing campaign.
And he’s equipped for an enormous effort on Saturday after Wales confirmed glimpses of their potential through a spectacular second-half fightback in opposition to Scotland final weekend, even when they finally misplaced by some extent from 27-0 behind.
“I wouldn’t say it is like any other game, because England and Wales is special,” Jenkins, 21, mentioned.
“There’s massive history behind the game. It’s a must-win game for us because of the place we are in the tournament.
“It’ll be the best place to win. For a Welshman, there is no better place. If you win over there, you gain a lot of respect from them. It’s huge for us.
“There were a lot of emotions at half-time last week. We felt like we were letting a lot of people down.
“We did well to nearly get ourselves out of the hole but we didn’t. Hopefully, we won’t put ourselves in that position again.
“We definitely felt like we grew in terms of the performance – a lot of people stepped up in the second-half.”
While Wales victories are uncommon within the skilled period at Twickenham, head coach Warren Gatland bucks the development.
He was Wales boss in 2008 and 2012 and masterminded a 2015 World Cup win, whereas he additionally received a hat-trick of Premiership titles with Wasps, along with the membership’s 2004 European Cup ultimate success.
Gatland mentioned: “We need to start a lot better than last week. We need to reduce the amount of turnovers.
“The second-half was reflective of how we played against Australia in the World Cup (Wales won 40-6), with a 10 or 11 per cent turnover rate. That makes a huge difference.
“A number of those things were in our own control, with penalties or lineouts that we weren’t accurate enough. We have worked hard this week in trying to rectify these things.”
Central to Wales’ victory bid will probably be fly-half Ioan Lloyd, who makes his first Wales begin after three appearances off the bench in three years.
With Sam Costelow injured and Dan Biggar having retired from Test rugby, 22-year-old Lloyd now steps up for the most important recreation of his life.
“We can see what a quality footballer and running threat he is,” Gatland added.
“He probably realises there is less space and not so many opportunities as a running threat at Test level. It maybe only happens once or twice a half.
“His game management is pretty important. Also, his communication with his outside backs and forwards, scanning and seeing what options are on.
“He is an instinctive player, so we need to allow him that opportunity to express himself, but it is also him being smart and saying that it’s not forcing it and not going after things when there isn’t that chance.”