Taulupe Faletau: Beating England won’t define Wales’ Six Nations campaign

Wales forward Taulupe Faletau insists a win over England at Twickenham would not define their Six Nations campaign.

Defeats against Ireland and France have left hopes of a successful title defence in tatters for Wales, who play England on March 7.

Wales last won a Six Nations game at Twickenham in 2012, but Faletau says they will not be short of motivation.

“A win over England isn’t going to define our championship – as a group of players we are better than that,” said Faletau.

“The French were physical, as we expected. We are disappointed with the result.

“It is very frustrating not getting over the line, and we definitely feel we could have won those last two games. It just wasn’t to be.

“We’ve got England next up, and I don’t think we are going to need any motivation going into that game.”

While France continued their pursuit of a first Grand Slam since 2010, Wayne Pivac’s Wales are left to regroup ahead of facing England, and Scotland on March 14.

Pivac questioned the standard of officiating in the France game, but will now be tasked with readying his players for a trip to a venue that Wales have only won three times at in all competitions this century.

The 27-23 defeat against France on Saturday was their first on home soil in the tournament for three years, while it also ended a seven-game unbeaten Six Nations run at the Principality Stadium.

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