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Should the Wales head coach get sacked?

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I attended the game in Lens, and Wales were the equal to France (though on the back foot) for 70 of the 80 minutes, which shows they can compete up to a certain level. However no-one should expect a team comprised mainly of part-timers and young pros to present a serious challenge to an established international side. Last night I attended the NFL game at Wembley which was equally as one-sided as the England international and yet I have not seen any suggestions that the Rams coach should step down or that it was a waste of time to stage the game.

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The Welsh are virtually all part time. Wales RL dont have that much money and the way the game is being led by SL Clubs and the RFL, its getting harder for Welsh lads to land a full time contract. Iesten is the best thing for Wales and is totally committed to it. When you loose the experience of Briers, Watson etc in the space of 12-18 months its a massive blow and makes life difficult when playing SL standard Nations in France and England. The Welsh matched France and put in a massive effort. But the knocks and tiredness hit the welsh lads in the England game and thats why the game had a blow out score. Maybe if Wales had had a longer rest period and a bit more luck the score would have been 20-30 points less. But you cant expect Wales to seriously match a strong England side. Seriously I wonder what planet some people are on when they post such things as asking whether Harris should go.

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Wales are on their worst losing run in almost 30 years and have conceded 80 points for the first time ever. However it wasn't a record defeat as some are saying and there were positives. Iestyn Harris has a long term plan and I think it's best to wait to see what happens next year. I have fears about the Australian Italy side that will come over but we need to tonk Cook Islands and USA. Anything less and there is something wrong. However it's a five year plan for Iestyn and team so I can't see him going until at least 2017 if then.

I think it's fair to say that since the demise of the GB team, when the England side was very much a 'B' team, the extra importance the England players and selectors now put on the home internationals will only make the job of Welsh (plus Irish and Scottish) coaches all the more difficult, particularly if the only criterion used to judge their effectiveness is to be match results.

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Honestly I bet France was happy not to be facing England last week. The English players turned up ready to play, something they've lacked in previous years against opposition they should easily beat, and things just didn't go Wales way.

Backing up after the French game wouldn't have helped the Dragons cause, and as previously mentioned the loss of Watson and Briers has left a gap that won't easily be closed.

What we can take out of this though is each of those players who took the field will remember how much Saturday's match hurt, and will all lift that next time they pull on the Welsh jersey. The Wigan partnership should find a few more gems next year, and the Crusaders + Scorpion production line will again add to the small, but growing pool of Welsh talent that will be available for the World Cup.

There are still players to come back into the Welsh team before the World Cup (ie. Frizzel), and I do hope that Briers might just decide to pull on the Dragons jersey on more time next October at the Millennium Stadium.

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