Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde backs his young side against Japan
Last Updated: 06/06/13 2:45pm
Robin McBryde: Has faith in inexperienced side
Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde does not believe his inexperienced side will be overawed when they face Japan in Osaka on Saturday.
McBryde has selected Wales' most inexperienced team for a Test match, with four debutants, including 18-year-old schoolboy Dafydd Howells, getting the nod.
Skipper Bradley Davies and fly-half Dan Biggar boast more than half of the 100 caps shared by the entire starting line-up, while another four uncapped players could come off the bench.
In contrast, Japan have almost three times as much experience in their side, with a combined tally of 293 Test appearances.
McBryde is not concerned though and has told his inexperienced charges to play their natural game.
"We want these guys to just go out and play their game. We want them to back themselves, not fear failure," he said.
"There's a lot of talk about inexperience and the conditions but we have a group of ambitious young guys who want to stake their claim which they will do if they prepare well and play to the best of their ability.
"We haven't focused on the inexperience. It's about the environment we've created that will allow these young players to grow with this opportunity and we're looking for something special on Saturday.
"We've picked a young group for their qualities. There is a real potential within the group.
"As a management group we are hugely expectant of a performance on Saturday because everyone is looking ahead to the next World Cup squad."