Wales attack coach Stephen Jones has lauded Rhys Patchell for the way he has transformed himself in the last six months. Jones was part of the Wayne Pivac coaching team at the Scarlets last year who dropped Rhys Patchell to the bench come the end of the season. It culminated in the Scarlets pivot coming off the bench with around 50 minutes still to play in the crunch Pool D match against Australia last Sunday, after Dan Biggar was removed for a head injury assessment that he had failed.
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Patchell oozed class and showed a doggedness in defence to help Wales win and take control of the Pool. They are key moments to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
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Jones is somebody who understands the pressure of playing fly-half for Wales more than most. He represented his country times between and But he insisted that neither Biggar — who is on track to be fit to face Fiji — or Patchell will be feeling the weight of that jersey.
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We are in a fortunate position. He was in the side that lost to the Fijians in the Rugby World Cup — a result that dumped them out of the tournament at the group stage and ultimately cost then-head coach Gareth Jenkins his job.
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We respect Fiji and rightly so, from a personal perspective I am fully aware of how good they are. Defending two-time world champions New Zealand made an alarming amount of handling errors in their rout of Canada recently, with Beauden Barrett fumbling the ball with the line at his mercy.
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