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Returning Tipuric raring to go against Ireland

Returning Tipuric raring to go against Ireland

Returning Tipuric raring to go against Ireland

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric has declared he is fit, healthy and ready for battle as Wayne Pivac’s men get set for their Autumn Nations Cup opener with Ireland on Friday.

The experienced Ospreys captain missed Wales’ final Guinness Six Nations contest with Scotland after he fell ill with tonsillitis on the morning of the game.

But he is now raring to go again and desperate to do his bit to turn the squad’s recent frustration into a strong showing against Andy Farrell’s men.

“I’m good to go,” said Tipuric.

“I felt a bit rough watching the Scotland game. I was in bed trying to stay awake with a fever. I managed to watch bits of it and obviously I watched it back then when I got a bit better.

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“We have spoken about what we have got to do better and we are concentrating on this weekend.

“There was a lot of frustration after the Scotland game because everyone knows we can play a lot better than that.

“Going into Ireland, it’s a new competition, and it’s time to set a marker and concentrate on this competition. Hopefully we can get a bit of a run going.

“We want to get back to winning ways and start getting Wales back to winning ways.”

But Tipuric will know more than most how difficult that will be at the Aviva Stadium against an Irish side they haven’t beaten in Ireland in five years.

It was the 31-year-old himself that starred that day, scoring a try and proving brilliant with ball in hand at the breakdown as Wales geared up for the 2015 World Cup in fine fashion.

However, while he delivered a perfect individual performance on that occasion, he has called for his teammates to show their combined might and illustrate how they are developing on the training ground this time around.

He added: “We lost there in the Six Nations after beating Italy. We know we didn’t play well over there and wasted a few opportunities. Hopefully we can go there and put things right.

“If you start going out there, like ‘I am going to make something happen, here’ you end up not making something happen.

“If you go out there and you do the little things we’ve done right in training all week, which we have done, then overall we play better as a team.

“Hopefully we are heading in the right way and learning all the time. The main thing is everyone wants to get out there, put things right, and really put a good performance in and get that win.

“As soon as you put that red jersey on there is no excuse for not getting up for a game. At the end of the day, you are representing your country.

“There is so much going on at the moment, but we know we are in a lucky position to still be working and doing the thing we love.”

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