Aaron Wainwright admits Wales struggled to cope with the increased intensity from regional rugby to international rugby when they lost to France.
Wayne Pivac’s men were beaten 38-21 in Paris in what was their fourth loss on the spin.
It comes after a hiatus of more than seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite losing to the French, Wainwright believes the game will be a major asset for Wales in their preparations to face Scotland on Saturday.
“International rugby is much more intense. The speed of the game is much faster and the decision making you have to be much more careful, ”he said.
“It can have a huge impact on the game. Not having a crowd there… from a players perspective, it’s always nice to feed off the energy they bring.
“The transition from regional rugby to international rugby is different. We probably didn’t handle it very well, but we look forward to Scotland’s challenge next week.
“It’s been seven months without an international so having this game has been huge for us to prepare for Scotland. We’ll go and go through the things that didn’t go well and take a look at the ones that didn’t. ”
Lions in talks with Amazon Prime over South Africa, wall documentary
The British and Irish Lions are in talks with Amazon Prime over a joint documentary with South Africa next year.
Warren Gatland will join him at the home of the reigning world champions next summer, with the Lions agreeing to collaborate with the Springboks for a behind-the-scenes look at the tour.
“We like to think we started this whole documentary trend given the wonderful Living with Lions back in 1997,” Lions general manager Ben Calveley told the Daily Mail.
“So we’re really interested in making a documentary. What really excites us this time compared to previous tours is that there is the potential to tell the story of both camps.
“We have a joint venture with the South African Rugby Union, (so) you can tell the story not just from the Lions perspective, but from the Springboks perspective. I don’t think we’ve ever seen this in all of the sports documentaries of late, so we’re really excited. ”
McGeechan expects thrilling Six Nations final
Sir Ian McGeechan believes Ireland put on an exciting Six Nations final, beating Italy 50-17.
Andy Farrell’s side took the victory over the Italians in Dublin on Saturday, and three teams could now claim the Six Nations title this weekend.
England enter the final stages of the matches knowing they will take the win over Italy, although Ireland and France – which face off on Saturday – are also contenders to win the tournament.
But McGeechan believes Ireland and France have a major advantage over Eddie Jones’ men, given they play after England clenched horns with Italy in Rome.
He told the Telegraph: “I still think England are favorites, despite Ireland’s bonus point victory which put them on top of the table. While fate is in their hands, I just don’t see Farrell’s side beating France with a bonus. point in Paris, that’s what they will have to do, because I think England will take the five points in Rome.
“Even then, however, it’s not easy. Eddie Jones’ men may have to win by a considerable margin to be sure of finishing first, with France and Ireland both able to propel them to first place on the points difference. France also need to win with a bonus point.
“There’s also the fact that Ireland and France will have the advantage of knowing exactly what to do next Saturday, with their game starting after England’s game in Rome is over. This is a huge plus and I know some people think so. unfair. ”
Ireland currently lead the table with 14 points, with England and France both at 13.
“England can become too greedy”
Exeter chairman Tony Rowe has targeted ‘greedy’ England after his side’s final Premier League triumph over Gallagher over the Wasps on Saturday.
The victory at Twickenham saw Exeter complete a national and European double, with Rowe now keen to see his team dominate club rugby.
However, the club president has expressed concerns about a potential increase in the number of international matches, saying England can sometimes ‘get too greedy’.
“This whole thing about more international games – I’m totally against that,” he told Planet Rugby.
“We employ the players, they are our players. Being forced to take them out for so many international matches is not good. We are not paid enough.
“The reality is we raised these guys for ourselves, we didn’t raise them for England.
“England can get too greedy. They run very fast in the other direction when you want money. At the moment, we desperately need money in the Premiership to stay alive.
“We are one of the richest clubs and we will get there, but there are some clubs that are really struggling and we should be able to look to Rugby Football Union for financial support because they look to us when they want our players. ”