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Wales out to build on momentum

Robin McBryde has no doubt that Wales' Grand Slam heroes are "keen for more" as they prepare to meet Australia in a three-Test series Down Under.

Wales have had a season to savour, reaching the World Cup semi-finals and landing their second RBS 6 Nations title and tournament clean sweep of head coach Warren Gatland's reign. Gatland's trusty assistants - McBryde, Rob Howley and Shaun Edwards - will take charge in Australia while he recovers from a fall at his holiday home.

Forwards specialist McBryde said: "Momentum is behind us since the World Cup, and we managed to keep that going through the Six Nations. I suppose everyone is waiting to see how we are going to react to that first loss we have as a group, but until we suffer that first loss, who knows?"

He added: "The players have created their own little bit of history, and they are keen for more. I have seen reports in the papers about it being a long season, but that hasn't been raised by the players at all.

"The players have come in to training and given their all. There is a huge carrot out there - to go down to Australia and hopefully win a series. If we win one of the (Tests), it is something we haven't been able to do down there for a number of years. We have got three bites of the cherry."

It is 43 years since Wales beat the Wallabies in Australia, but they will travel with a powerful squad captained by World Cup and Six Nations leader Sam Warburton.

Warburton is set to be among an advance party of 15 players that will head to Australia with Edwards next Thursday, while the remainder of a current 38-man group will travel on Sunday week after tackling the Barbarians in Cardiff 24 hours earlier.

Flanker Martyn Williams is poised to win his 100th cap in the Barbarians fixture, while there could also be a number of Ospreys players involved following their RaboDirect PRO12 final exertions against European champions Leinster in Dublin this weekend.

Wales' sizeable Ospreys contingent have not yet linked up for national squad training as they focus everything on landing potential silverware.

"We are getting behind them," McBryde added. "It would be fantastic to see a Welsh region winning something, and hopefully they will get their just rewards for all the hard work they have put in this season. They have had a good string of wins recently, and it would be good for them to get something to show for it."

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