Six Nations 2014: Wales’ Andrew Coombs relishing Ireland clash
Six Nations 2014: Wales second row Andrew Coombs is looking forward to lining up against Ireland this weekend
Andrew Coombs has fond memories of lining up against Ireland, having made his international debut against the men in green just over a year ago.
And the 29-year-old is determined to keep the good times rolling as he bids to help Wales move another step closer to an historic third-straight Six Nations crown.
It’s nice to get the chance to start against Ireland again
With Luke Charteris out injured, Warren Gatland has turned to Coombs to fill the void in Wales’ second row after he came off the bench in their victory over Italy.
And as Coombs prepares to take to the Aviva Stadium he can’t help but think back to Wales’ opening clash of the 2013 Six Nations where he was handed a shock debut.
Coombs was unable to prevent Wales losing 30-22 that day but it didn’t stop Wales going on to claim the Six Nations title.
And the Newport Gwent Dragons captain is hoping to end up on the winning side this time in what will be his eighth cap for his country.
“It’s nice to get the chance to start against Ireland again,” Coombs told the Western Telegraph.
“Last year it wasn’t great to make a mistake with my first touch in international rugby (spilling the ball in contact) but if you don’t get back up and impress then you are probably never going to play for your country again.
“It was important that I collected my emotions and carried on playing as I normally would. It turned out to be a fantastic tournament and I am so happy to be back in to have another crack at it.
“It’s going to be difficult to keep my spot with the players around me but I am not going to change anything; I’ll just go out there and give it my all, playing as I always do.
“If that’s good enough then great, if not then that’s just unfortunate for me.”
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