Wales squad 'nervous' over selection, admits Justin Tipuric

Justin Tipuric
Flanker Justin Tipuric has won 32 Wales caps

Wales' players face an anxious wait to see if they make the first cut to Warren Gatland's World Cup squad, admits Justin Tipuric.

The Ospreys flanker did his own chances no harm with a fine try-scoring display in Saturday's 35-21 World Cup warm-up defeat to Ireland in Cardiff.

Gatland will cut his 46-man squad to between 36 and 38 this week, before reducing it to a final 31 on 31 August.

"I think everyone is nervous," said open-side Tipuric, 26.

"There are ups and downs, and you always have your fingers crossed that you will be involved. This is where rugby becomes a tough time if you are not involved in it."

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Impressive Ireland deny Wales

After their defeat at the Millennium Stadium, albeit with an experimental side containing four new caps, Wales will head to Colwyn Bay for a three-day training camp.

The return match with Ireland in Dublin on 29 August is a chance for Wales to gain revenge for their Cardiff reversal.

"It's frustrating, and never nice to lose a Test match. There were too many errors, and Ireland made us pay for them," Tipuric said.

"In the first half every time we knocked the ball on or lost it in the contact area they turned us over and they were the ones putting the points on the board.

"If you can't look after the ball in a game of rugby at international level, you pay for it.

"Don't get me wrong, you want to win every Test and it's always frustrating when you lose.

"But we are in a conditioning block and we can see where we are now. We can improve from this and get better and better as we move on."

Gareth Anscombe
Cardiff Blues fly-half Gareth Anscombe (right) kicked two conversions on his Wales debut against Ireland

Wales started with four debutants against Ireland in the form of Dominic Day, Ross Moriarty, Tyler Morgan and Eli Walker.

There were an additional two new caps from the bench for hooker Kristian Dacey and fly-half Gareth Anscombe.

New Zealand-born Anscombe, 24, replaced James Hook and is hopeful of being included in the final World Cup squad.

"It was a special moment for me and those close to me, who were in the stadium," said Anscombe.

"When I came here this was a goal of mine and to have it ticked off is a nice accomplishment.

"It was a proud moment to run out and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

"Once you have a taste, you want more, and we each know what the end-goal is. I would love to be a part of it."

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