I was delighted to keep my place in the Six Nations squad. Obviously I have not played that much but I am really glad to be part of it.
One of the big plusses about being involved is that I can make the most of all the brilliant facilities, which will help my recovery.
The national set-up has some of the best facilities in the world - the Cryo chamber helps you recover quicker and the altitude chamber can hopefully help me get fit sooner rather than later. I really hope that I am able to take part in what should hopefully be a successful Six Nations campaign for Wales.
We will all meet up at the Wales camp on Monday morning for a medical screen - and I am sure they will stick us back in the freezer that afternoon. It's not as bad as it sounds and we are all used to it - it's only three minutes so it's not as if we can't handle it.
I don't think this camp could have come soon enough. Obviously the Welsh problems are rumbling on but at least the boys can head into camp and focus on what they do best and that is playing rugby. Some players will be relieved to be away from the pressure of the politics, however playing for Wales brings a different kind of pressure. The whole squad has been together for a while now and I think they perform best when the pressure is on them. I think they will thrive on that and use it to drive them on - not that they need to be driven on.
Some players will be relieved to be away from the pressure of the politics, however playing for Wales brings a different kind of pressure.
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For us it's time to start doing our talking on the pitch and put the focus on what is good about Welsh rugby and not the negatives. That is all we have had lately with the dispute but hopefully with a bit of focus we can bring some positivity back to the Welsh game because I think when the national team does well, the rest of Wales is happy.
Finish on a high
Before we all meet up on Monday there is still the final round of the group games of the Heineken Cup to get through.
The Scarlets are coming off a superb win against Racing Metro and are looking forward to taking on Harlequins on Sunday.
France is a really tough place to go and win but the boys pulled together really well and put in a dogged performance against Racing. I thought the front row was excellent and they performed very well at the set-pieces and in the loose as well - Emyr Phillips was very good with the ball in hand and Rhys Priestland was very good too in the way he orchestrated and pulled the strings. He fully deserved his man of the match award.
Back in October when our Heineken Cup campaign started we had a brilliant result down at the Stoop and I think Quins will be looking for a bit of revenge when they come to Parc Y Scarlets on Sunday. They played really well against Clermont Auvergne and were unlucky not to get a result.
But the Scarlets have had a good rest especially with the longer turnaround from Friday to Sunday and they will be raring to go. They will want to go out and play a bit of rugby and hopefully the conditions will be dry and allow for some running rugby.
Last season we did not win one game in the Heineken Cup so to finish this campaign with three wins and a draw would be a huge step in the right direction. It will really give our young squad a good base and some confidence to build on.
They know they can compete at this level and two back-to-back wins may be a springboard for the Scarlets to really push on in the Rabo Direct. At the end of this we want people to be talking about how well the Scarlets are playing.
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