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Warburton aiming for Dragons to fire again

Andrew Baldock

Sam Warburton has underlined Wales' collective depth of desire to put this season's RBS 6 Nations campaign back on track.

Wales launched the Six Nations season a fortnight ago with hopes of completing an unprecedented title hat-trick following successes in 2012 and 2013.

But a 26-3 drubbing against Ireland in Dublin last weekend –Wales' biggest Six Nations defeat for eight years – has left them playing catch-up.

Unbeaten France are their next opponents at the Millennium Stadium in seven days' time, and Wales, whose points difference is currently vastly inferior to all their title rivals, cannot afford any further mishaps.

"The players are desperate to show everyone the Wales they know," said national team captain Warburton, who will be in RaboDirect PRO12 action for Cardiff Blues today as he gains more game-time following his recovery from a shoulder injury.

"The result was a massive disappointment with a lot of uncharacteristic errors.

"From a structural point of view as forwards we have to take responsibility. We simply didn't replicate what we had done in training during the game, and that is disappointing.

"It was frustrating. We weren't urgent enough and our ball-retention wasn't good enough, but the things that went wrong can all be put right and we are working hard to do so in the build-up to France.

"Individually and collectively we are all eager to put it right. It's not like we have finished the campaign. We have a chance to put it right.

"We have won 10 out of our last 12 Six Nations games, and we need to remember that."

Refecting on the Dublin aftermath, Warburton added: "We are used to meeting up at the start of the week in a positive mood, so this week has been different.

"We took a day to look back and reflect. Now, the focus is on putting it right, and we have got that opportunity to put in a performance and get the result against France."

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