Six Nations: We must express ourselves says Wales centre Jamie Roberts
Jamie Roberts believes Wales must try and impose themselves on the Six Nations Championship.
Last Updated: 28/01/14 11:10pm
The principality's national rugby team is chasing a hat-trick of titles and the Racing Metro centre said: "We have to go out in our first game and express ourselves like champions.
"Warren (Wales coach Warren Gatland) has spoken about having a little bit of a strut in our stride and really being quite confident.
"We need to be honest and humble as well but we have to go out and express ourselves.
"We can't go into our shells on the pitch, we have to go out and 'walk-the-walk' because ultimately that has served us well over the last few years.
"We are a well-oiled machine, especially after the last two campaigns, and we know if we get all our big players fit and firing we are a very dangerous outfit.
"It's important we go out and play with confidence and believe that we are the champions, which we are.
"We need to go out and express ourselves. It's important we do that and embrace situations on the field and go on and express ourselves as players.
"Every team wants to beat us and we would be the same in their position.
"We know we are the team to beat and we have to adapt accordingly. That takes a lot of resilience, a lot of thinking and planning before games.
"It's important we do our homework and no stone left unturned going into Italy. We have worked very hard in the last couple of weeks."