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Neil Jenkins: No talk in Wales camp of potential Six Nations showdown with England

Last Updated: 26/02/13 6:13pm

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Neil Jenkins: Focused on Wales' trip to Murrayfield on 9 March

Neil Jenkins: Focused on Wales' trip to Murrayfield on 9 March

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Neil Jenkins says there is no chance of Wales being distracted by a potential Six Nations title shootout with England next month.

If Wales beat Scotland in Edinburgh on 9 March and England defeat Italy the following day, the destination of the championship will be decided at the Millennium Stadium on 16 March.

However, assistant coach Jenkins says Wales are not looking beyond their trip to Murrayfield, where they will attempt to register a third successive away victory.

"The main focus for us is to win our games, starting against Scotland, which we know is going to very tough," he said.

"There is no thought or mention of England a week later. When that comes around it will bring enough pressures with it. Our focus is on Scotland and about doing a job there.

"They (Scotland) are the same as us - two wins out of three - and it is a home game for them.

"They will fancy their chances against us and then to go to Paris on the final day with a chance of maybe them winning the championship.

"There is no thought or mention of England a week later. When that comes around it will bring enough pressures with it. Our focus is on Scotland and about doing a job there."
Neil Jenkins

"It was an excellent win for them on the weekend against Ireland. People talked afterwards about stats and possession, but if you have got the ball you have got to take your chances.

"Ireland didn't take their opportunities on Sunday, and Scotland kept hanging in there, dug in and kicked their kicks."

In camp

The Wales players, except the France-based squad members, were back in camp on Tuesday, with an update awaited on Toulon prop Gethin Jenkins' calf muscle injury.

Jenkins, who is three games short of becoming Wales' fourth international cap centurion behind Stephen Jones, Gareth Thomas and Martyn Williams, was hurt during the 26-9 victory over Italy in Rome last weekend.

"We probably won't know for another couple of days, and hopefully we will then get the full extent of where he is at with his injury," Neil Jenkins added.

"It was a tough game. Conditions were very tough, but in terms of bodies being battered and bruised it is no different to any other week.

"And it was brilliant from our point of view to see players like Alun-Wyn Jones and Sam Warburton coming back from injuries.

"We've always said the more players that are fit and playing well, the more selection headaches for Rob (Howley) and the staff.

"Alun-Wyn is a fantastic player, and so is Sam. For them to be coming back and putting pressure on, we are quite lucky. It's good for the team."

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