Robin McBryde proud to lead Wales for summer tour of Japan

Robin McBryde admits he is proud to be named as caretaker Wales coach for their summer tour of Japan in 2013

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Rob Howley led Wales for their first two autumn internationals Photo: National Assembly For Wales

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Robin McBryde has spoken of his pride after he was named as the caretaker coach for Wales’ summer tour of Japan.

The Six Nations champions will be without head coach Warren Gatland, who is leading the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, and attack coach Rob Howley, who has been named as part of Gatland’s staff.

Howley led Wales for their first two autumn internationals but forwards coach McBryde, who will be assisted by Shaun Edwards, will be in charge for the games against Japan in Osaka on 8 June and Tokyo on 15 June.

McBryde will also be able to call on the assistance of Neil Jenkins and newcomer to the coaching staff Mark Jones and the 42-year-old admits he can’t wait for the tour to begin.

“I am delighted and extremely proud to have again been handed the honour of leading Wales,” McBryde said.

“It is a privilege to coach my country and I will embark on this tour determined to get the best out of the squad against what I know will prove to be tough opposition.

“It is inevitable that some of our leading players will be on Lions duty but the last tour I took charge of proved that it is possible to identify and blood some stars of the future in these games.

“I already have a great coaching relationship with Neil and Shaun but I am really looking forward to working closely with Mark Jones, who fully deserves this opportunity to step onto the international stage.”

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