The England view on the threatened player strike in Wales
England assistant Kevin Sinfield and skipper Owen Farrell have shared their thoughts on the current standoff in Wales that has thrown this Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations match in Cardiff into jeopardy. The build-up to the 139th meeting between the rivals is being overshadowed by the threat of strike action by Wales players, who are locked in a contract dispute with the WRU.
Wales coach Warren Gatland is confident the match will go ahead even though he had to shelve plans on Tuesday to name his team for the match. How is this uncertainty affecting England, though?
“Nothing has changed for us,” Sinfield said. “We control what we can control and look ahead to what will be a fantastic game and something that we’ve all looked forward to. We’ve planned as normal, nothing’s changed for us.”
When asked if he sympathised with the predicament of Welsh players, captain Owen Farrell said: “From what I’ve heard, yeah. I know quite a lot of them and I’m sure they are not being unreasonable with what they are asking for. I don’t think they’re like that.
“Then again, I don’t know the other side of it. To be in this situation is obviously not very pleasing for them, but I’m sure they will get it sorted.
“I’m sure that anyone who is going through a bit of adversity tries to use it and it brings them closer together. As I have said before about this game, going down to Cardiff and playing in front of a packed house at the Principality is always a massive challenge and we are expecting that at the weekend.”
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And I suppose Antonio's hit on Herring shouldn't have been a penalty. Obviously worried about playing IrelandGo to comments