Edwards hits out a boo-boys
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has added his voice to a chorus of disapproval aimed at the Millennium Stadium boo-boys.
Fly-half Rhys Priestland will line up against Fiji on Saturday just a week after he was jeered when he replaced an injured Dan Biggar early in the second period during Wales' 33-28 loss to Australia.
The booing came from a small minority of home supporters, and their behaviour has subsequently been condemned by Wales head coach Warren Gatland and Priestland's squad colleagues.
And Edwards has now told those fans: "You boo one of us, you boo all of us."
The protest at Priestland has prompted an angry response from within the Wales camp, and Edwards hit back strongly on Thursday.
"With Rhys Priestland, it is important to remember that most of the crowd is behind us, but you boo one of us, you boo all of us," Edwards said.
"If you boo Rhys Priestland, you boo myself, you boo Warren Gatland, you boo Leigh Halfpenny, you boo the Welsh jersey. Personally, I don't think that is on.
"Over the last number of years we have performed admirably as a Welsh nation, with only 20,000 players and three million people, we've tried to wear that Welsh shirt with a lot of pride.
"For someone to boo that shirt, to be honest, I am not very happy about it.
"If people are around those people in the crowd, and they are silly enough to do it again, I would like to think that the rest of the crowd would let them know what they think about them."
Asked if he felt if rugby crowd behaviour had changed much in recent years, Edwards added: "We don't want this booing going on.
"What has always been fantastic about rugby is that it has always been a family game. You can take your wife and kids along, and we don't want it to be dragged down at all.
"You can have a vociferous crowd against you, but at the end of the game, both teams are clapped, which I think is very important. The dignity of rugby must be upheld.
"The thing about rugby is that it is a dignified game. All the aggression comes out on the pitch, not from the crowd.
"The crowd are there to enjoy and have a fantastic day. You go to a game of rugby, you can have a pint, you can take your children and feel that you are absolutely safe, and long may that continue."
Priestland will be part of a much-changed Wales team from the Walllabies clash, but one that should still be good enough to win comfortably ahead of next week's Millennium Stadium appointment with world champions New Zealand.
Wales, though, will not be able to afford any defensive slips against a juggernaut Fiji back-line highlighted by 19-stone Crusaders centre Nemani Nadolo and his midfield partner, Leicester's Vereniki Goneva.
When Wales last played Fiji three years ago at the World Cup they romped home 66-0, but they do not need reminding that the South Sea Islanders dumped them from 2007 World Cup contention and drew 16-16 on their most recent Millennium Stadium visit in 2010.
"I've watched him (Nadolo) in Super Rugby. He has also got good footwork," Edwards added.
"We have got a pretty hard-hitting number 12 ourselves in Jamie Roberts. I thought his head-on tackling (against Australia) last week was ferocious, and he will need to keep that up against Fiji.
"Any team is going to play to its strengths, and if you have got a 19-20 stone guy (Nadolo) at 12, you are going to expect him to get you over the advantage line, and we've got to prevent him doing that.
"If Jamie can keep hitting the way he did against Australia with his front-on collisions, they will realise they are in for a game.
"They (Fiji) have got some big powerful lads who will try to blast over the advantage line, and it is vital that we meet them as much as we can on our terms, not their terms.
"Fijians are famous for their sevens style of rugby. They are brilliant sevens players and very, very good broken-field players, so the least number of times we can give them those sort of situations, the better.
"They have a lot of flair and some big powerful guys. The 10, 12, 13 combination is extremely big and powerful, so we have to muscle-up on those guys."