Six Nations 2015: Shaun Edwards lauds 'fearless' Wales trio

The tackle which saw Russell cited
RBS Six Nations: France v Wales
Venue: Stade de France, Paris Date: Saturday, 28 February Kick-off: 17:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer, S4C online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV.

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has praised a "fearless" trio of backs for their aerial efforts as his side bounced back from defeat by England to beat Scotland in the Six Nations.

He highlighted fly-half Dan Biggar, centre Jamie Roberts and full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

Edwards said Ospreys' Biggar was "fearless", likening him to his Wigan rugby league team-mate Steve Hampson.

He said: "Dan Biggar has got guts. It's a massive part of the modern game."

He also says Roberts makes the most of his 6ft 4in frame.

Steve Hampson
Shaun Edwards' former team-mate Steve Hampson in action for Wigan

"Jamie is a very big man and has an advantage, but Biggs is fearless," said Edwards.

"He [Hampson] wasn't a massive man, but he used to leap in the air just like Biggs."

Biggar was upended by Scotland fly-half Finn Russell at Murrayfield.

Russell was sin-binned and faces a citing hearing over the incident with the possibility he will miss Scotland's next chance to register a tournament win this season when they host Italy on Saturday, 28 February.

Wales face France in Paris that day with both sides going into that game having lost and won once.

Wales in the 2015 Six Nations
Friday, 6 February: Wales 16-21 England
Sunday, 15 February: Scotland 23-26 Wales
Saturday, 28 February: v France, Paris
Saturday, 14 March: v Ireland, Cardiff
Saturday, 21 March: v Italy, Rome

England beat Wales in their tournament opener while France have lost to Ireland and beaten Scotland.

Edwards says Wales were rewarded for good phase play against Scotland "with a lovely try for Jonathan Davies", one of two visiting touchdowns, the other falling to scrum-half Rhys Webb.

The former Great Britain rugby league star Edwards also highlighted Wales' defence as they bounced back from defeat by England.

"We spent seven-and-a-half minutes in our 22 and defended very well," said Edwards.

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He added: "I was very impressed with our post-tackle work. I think we turned them over six or seven times on the floor and it's something that we excel at.

"I think we are the most proficient side in the world at turning teams over on the floor and I don't think we were rewarded for that against England, there was a clear holding-on penalty in the build-up to their second try.

"We had a lot more attacks against Scotland and went back to our Plan A, which we are very good at.

"When we play to our Plan A we are a very, very good attacking team. When we fluctuate away from it we are not as good.

"We didn't get any set piece to play off against England and we got more phase-play rugby going against Scotland."

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