Six Nations 2014: Pick on form, not reputation - Jonathan Davies

Sam Warburton

Wales should pick players based on form rather than reputation, says ex-Wales star Jonathan Davies following the 26-3 Six Nations defeat by Ireland.

Several Welshman who played in Dublin, including captain Sam Warburton, have recently returned from injury.

BBC pundit Davies thinks Warburton in particular may have needed more game time before starting against Ireland.

"His last game was in November against the Australians. I don't think you can do that," said Davies.

"You have to play yourself back into form, especially at international level."

Wales coach Warren Gatland described Saturday's defeat by Ireland as the worst display of his six-year reign.

And the New Zealander has already hinted he will make changes, especially in the pack, saying: "We were well beaten up front, weren't we?"

Next up for Wales are France, who have won both their matches so far, against England and Italy.

"Wales are a talented bunch of players and they know they have to respond against France," he said.

Scrum V analysis - France

Davies says Wales are capable of beating France but thinks some changes could be beneficial.

"I think we need more zip, pace, between the backs and forwards," he said.

"Does [open-side flanker] Justin Tipuric come in? Does [fly-half] James Hook come in? Does [scrum-half] Rhys Webb come in?

"Those are the changes now we might have to make - if Ireland have worked us out then probably France have as well.

"I don't think Wales have been under this much pressure for a long, long, time.

"They've been very successful and they don't become a bad side overnight, but if a lot of the players don't play well you can't expect results at international level."