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Gatland wants Wales to learn

Warren Gatland has admitted Wales sometimes struggle under the weight of expectation they put on themselves after a third successive RBS 6 Nations campaign when his team finished outside the top three.

An improbable 27-point victory over France in Paris would have seen Wales pip England to the title, but their 28-9 defeat condemned them to a heaviest tournament loss since 2006 instead.

Gatland said: "We have struggled sometimes with the expectation that we've grown ourselves. That is something that we need to continue to do to grow as a team. We will hopefully keep putting ourselves under pressure."

He added: "We seem to thrive on the underdog tag or when we've been heavily criticised. Probably the best thing about the Six Nations is any side on its day is capable of beating the others.

"So it's probably one of the closest Six Nations that we've had for a long time, which is hugely positive for this tournament going forward.

"Perhaps, in the past, you'd go into the Six Nations and everyone would talk about France and England and say that should be the last game of the tournament.

"But I think the fact that the other teams have come on so much is really positive for this tournament."


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