Rugby World Cup 2015: Wales' Baldwin determined to be first choice

Aaron Jarvis and Scott Baldwin
Prop Aaron Jarvis (left) has been receiving tutoring from Ospreys team-mate Scott Baldwin
Rugby World Cup: Wales v Uruguay
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Date: 20 September-31 October Kick-off: 14:30 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra, BBC local radio, plus live text commentary on every match on the BBC Sport website.
Further coverage: BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio.

Scott Baldwin says he is determined to be Wales' first-choice hooker at the World Cup.

The 27-year-old Ospreys player is one of only two hookers in coach Warren Gatland's squad along with Ken Owens.

Both players will be included in the match day squad when Wales kick off against Uruguay on Sunday.

"I just want to get out there and I want to stake a claim and I want to be the number one hooker in this tournament," said Baldwin.

"I didn't have the greatest amount of game time against Ireland and Italy. . . but I just want to get out there."

Ken Owens
Scott Baldwin's rival Ken Owens made his Wales debut against Namibia at the 2011 World Cup

Wales have selected only two specialist number twos in their 31-man squad, which means they will both be included in the 23-man squads whenever Wales play.

It also means that Baldwin and Owens have had to accept extra duties coaching prop Aaron Jarvis to be an emergency hooker in case of an injury to either of them.

Squad replacements can only play if they are called up at least 48 hours before kick-off, but every team has to have a nominated hooker on the bench.

"If you are not selected you've got to get behind the person who is selected so in training Ken's been helping me out with little things, I've been helping him with little things and I find it works for me and I think that's the best way to go about it," added Baldwin.

"It's pointless being selfish because that gets you nowhere.

"It's a 31-man squad at the end of the day and we're all here to get the same goal which is to win the World Cup.

Wales' World Cup pool games
Sunday, 20 Sept, 14:30 BST: Wales v Uruguay, Millennium Stadium
Saturday, 26 Sept, 20:00 BST: England v Wales, Twickenham Stadium
Thursday, 1 Oct, 16:45 BST: Wales v Fiji, Millennium Stadium
Saturday, 10 Oct, 16:45 BST: Wales v Australia, Twickenham Stadium

"Aaron's really enjoying it, it's something new isn't it from my point of view?

"But it's odd because you might be passing on bad habits you have yourself so you're trying to get them out of your throwing as well.

"Aaron's getting a couple of reps [practice repetitions] in.

"I think he had the throw of the day the other day, so me and Ken have got to catch up!"

Gatland names his team to play Uruguay at 12:00 GMT on Friday, 18 September.

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