Rookie fly-half Ioan Lloyd insists Wales' young squad are still full of confidence despite starting their Six Nations campaign with two defeats

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  • Ioan Lloyd has been thrown successful astatine nan heavy extremity during nan Six Nations
  • The 22-year-old stepped successful astatine fly-half aft Sam Costelow was injured
  • Wales person mislaid to Scotland and England by a full of conscionable 3 points 

By Alex Bywater For Mailonline

Published: 13:52 EST, 13 February 2024 | Updated: 13:52 EST, 13 February 2024

Ioan Lloyd has been thrown successful astatine nan heavy extremity to deterioration nan celebrated Wales No 10 jersey successful this Six Nations but is hopeless to enactment portion of Warren Gatland’s broadside for a daunting Ireland trip.

After nan world status of Dan Biggar and Gareth Anscombe’s move to Japan, Wales started nan 2024 Championship pinch Sam Costelow arsenic their only master fly-half.

Costelow suffered a caput wounded successful nan first half of Wales’ opening conclusion by Scotland pinch his Scarlets team-mate Lloyd stepping in.


Lloyd besides started different constrictive nonaccomplishment successful information 2 to England.

‘I spot myself arsenic a fly-half,’ said erstwhile Bristol backmost Lloyd, who went into this Six Nations run pinch conscionable 2 caps.

Wales fly-half Ioan Lloyd has been thrown successful astatine nan heavy extremity during nan Six Nations

‘Any opportunity to propulsion connected nan reddish jersey – whether it’s astatine prop aliases fly-half – I’ll return it. Fly-half is wherever I’ve ever played.

‘I would emotion to support nan 10 jersey. Getting nan opportunity was my dream to beryllium honest. There are a batch of learnings from nan first 2 weekends.

‘We’re a young squad but that doesn’t mean these are throwaway games. We’re still going into them expecting to triumph and a definite modular from each other.

‘The acquisition isn’t needfully location from each of america but we’ve still sewage that assurance successful training and games that we tin execute. When we don’t, it’s very disappointing.’

The beingness of Lloyd, still conscionable 22, arsenic nan Wales fulcrum for nan past fortnight epitomises nan youthful quality of nan squad caput coach Gatland has astatine his disposal.

Wales person mislaid to Scotland and England by a full of conscionable 3 points.

Gatland and rookie skipper Dafydd Jenkins, 21, person maintained Wales can’t beryllium happy pinch heroic defeats contempt nan youthful quality of their side.

Next up is simply a conflict pinch Ireland who are riding high.

Wales connected Tuesday released Bath prop Archie Griffin and fringe backmost Tom Rogers from their Six Nations squad owed to knee and thorax injuries respectively.

Griffin won his first Test headdress successful nan 16-14 nonaccomplishment to England astatine Twickenham.

Ireland were Six Nations expansive slam champions past play and look connected people for different cleanable expanse successful 2024 aft beating France successful Marseille and dismantling Italy to date.

Wales person started their Six Nations run pinch constrictive defeats by Scotland and England

Wales confirmed Costelow is backmost successful training and should beryllium successful contention to characteristic successful Dublin.

With Griffin retired of nan remainder of nan Six Nations, Wales are moving debased connected tighthead prop stocks.

Leon Brown came disconnected astatine half clip against Scotland and missed England owed to a enarthrosis knock.

Keiron Assiratti – who has impressed – and Dillon Lewis are nan only existent fresh No 3 options.