Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McBryde Enters Backs Debate

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McBryde Enters Backs Debate

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ROBIN McBryde accepts the composition of Wales' back row remains a debate that is "not going to go away."

The opening two games of Wales' RBS Six Nations campaign saw them start with specialist opensides Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric alongside number eight Taulupe Faletau.

The trio's fellow British and Irish Lions Test player Dan Lydiate appeared as a replacement during a draw against Ireland and victory over Scotland earlier this month, many pundits believing he could start when France arrive in Cardiff next week.

Lydiate lines up for the Ospreys against Guinness PRO12 opponents Edinburgh on Friday and it could mean Wales boss Warren Gatland facing a selection headache when he contemplates his backrow combination to face Les Bleus.

Wales assistant coach and forwards specialist McBryde said: "Everybody is well aware, and it has been heavily-documented about the make-up of the back row, the issue is going to be raised.

"That is not going to go away. …

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