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We have a point to prove against France insists captain Mann

Pathway | 1st July 2021

Wales under-20 have a point to prove when they go toe-to-toe with France in the third match of the Six Nations Championship this evening, according to skipper Alex Mann.

After an opening day win over Italy, Ioan Cunningham’s side suffered defeat against a strong Ireland outfit last week, despite Mann’s second half try.

However, the captain and Cardiff Blues academy member says his team are desperate to show what they’re capable of and insists they’re not dwelling too much on last week’s loss.

Speaking to the Welsh Rugby Union, Mann said: “We finished off with a good team run and everyone is really excited to turn everything we did wrong to right. It’s another opportunity for us.

“We’ve got to keep our heads up and keep learning. It is a learning curve for us.

“It would be easy to keep our heads down, and obviously we were disappointed, but we’ve had a six-day turnaround and we were able to take a lot of learnings out of the Ireland game, so we can be better.

“Everyone wants to prove a point, everyone wants to work for each other, so any changes made to the squad is a re-boost for us anyway. We’re ready to go now.

“France are a difficult side and are unpredictable. So we need to be ready for anything they do throughout the full 80 minutes.

“It’s another challenge and another opportunity for the boys and we want to take it with both hands.

“We’re ready and it’s really exciting for us. If we can get some front foot ball and bring physicality and energy as forwards, that would be good for us to provide a platform for the backs.

“We haven’t fired as much as we’ve wanted to so far, hopefully tomorrow we’ll be able to show what we can do out wide and run some tries in.”