Robin McBryde warns Wales' British and Irish Lions' hopefuls to raise their game
Last Updated: 02/03/17 4:17pm
Robin McBryde says Wales' British and Irish Lions hopefuls need to raise their game - on the day head coach Warren Gatland paid them a flying visit.
Gatland will announce the Lions squad for this summer's New Zealand tour in seven weeks' time, with a number of Wales players expected to make the 10-match trip.
He was an observer at Wales' training base in the Vale of Glamorgan on Thursday as part of intensive pre-selection work.
But forwards coach McBryde said players would need to "raise their game" if they are to earn places in Gatland's squad after suffering successive Six Nations defeats for the first time since 2010.
Last Saturday's 29-13 loss to Scotland ended Wales' title hopes, and life is not about to get any easier, with Ireland arriving in Cardiff on Friday week.
"It is good to catch up with Warren," McBryde said.
"It is good to hear his thoughts on the game and good for us to have another set of eyes and just being able to discuss things. It is also a gentle reminder to the players that there are Lions eyes upon us as well.
"There is a Lions tour, and I am sure that will be at the back of the minds of the players. If there is to be any chance of them going on that tour, they have to raise their game."