Wales want Six Nations glory after World Cup loss: Jamie Roberts
Wales 19-23 South Africa
Jamie Roberts has underlined Wales' desire to reclaim the Six Nations title after their World Cup dream died at Twickenham.
Roberts, his bloodshot eyes reflecting the raw emotion that permeated Wales' post-match mood, epitomised the character and attitude of a squad that overcame repeated injury setbacks and were only denied semi-final status by Springboks skipper Fourie du Preez's 75th-minute try.
While South Africa returned to England's Bagshot training base for the final World Cup fortnight, Roberts and company headed home feeling a sense of mission unaccomplished, even if they did lose key players like Leigh Halfpenny, Scott Williams, Rhys Webb and Liam Williams from their attempt on global domination.
"The next World Cup is four years away but the Six Nations will come round again quicker than anything," Harlequins-bound centre Roberts said.
"It is less than four months until the Six Nations kicks off and in a few weeks we will start looking forward to that. It is something we desperately want to win again."
Wales were last crowned champions of Europe two years ago, but it would be no surprise if their collective World Cup pain has not cleared completely by the time opening Six Nations opponents Ireland loom into view next February.
"It is difficult to take - especially at this stage of the tournament," added Roberts, following Wales' 23-19 quarter-final defeat.
"It's one of those brutal moments as a rugby player. The guys gave it everything.
"The Springboks come hard in waves off nine and 10. They have big players and physically I thought we more than matched them.
"I thought the defence was heroic - not to concede a try until the 75th minute was pretty special - but credit to them, they took heir chance well.
"We won a close game like that against England and, unfortunately, we've lost one and it doesn't feel great."