Wales skipper wants players to ignore Six Nations hype

Wales skipper wants players to ignore Six Nations hype
Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - France v Wales - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - February 1, 2019. Wales' captain Alun Wyn Jones during the match. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes   -  Copyright  GONZALO FUENTES(Reuters)
By Reuters

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has warned his team mates not to get caught up in all the pre-match hype before their Six Nations showdown with England on Saturday – when the only unbeaten sides in this year’s competition face off.

The 33-year-old lock, who will make his 122nd Welsh appearance, said all the talk about the match being the title decider for this year’s tournament could threaten to overwhelm.

“There is a danger we can get overly emotive and swept away and be tired coming into the game tomorrow, so there is that element of trying to keep feet on the ground,” he said on Friday at his captain’s run at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

“They’re never normal occasions. Obviously the team you play have always got something to prove off the back of whatever has gone before for them.”

The British and Irish Lion will captain Wales for the 21st time.

His side started the Six Nations campaign with away wins in France and Italy, while England humbled Ireland in Dublin before hammering France in Twickenham.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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