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Hill lineout mentor in Grand Slam bid

13/03/2019

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde has praised the work of Dragons captain Cory Hill – and revealed the injured ace will play a key role in Wales' bid for a Grand Slam.

Hill will also sit out the crucial final game with Ireland after he suffered a tournament-ending ankle injury in the process of scoring the key try in the round three win against England.

However, the 27-year-old is still a crucial part of the Wales set-up and has stayed with the squad to help with preparations and, in particular, the lineout ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash at Principality Stadium.

The Dragons forward will continue to work with Adam Beard and has won praise from McBryde for his efforts.

"We have been developing him as a caller," said forwards coach Robin McBryde. "You give him the support to go out there and make those decisions. He's grown massively.

"We have kept Cory Hill with the group and he is doing a bit of mentoring with regards to developing Adam in that role.

"That speaks volumes for Cory as an individual - it's just great to have him around the squad.

"Ireland will test our lineout - they always do,” added McBryde. “It's maybe not our strongest suit at the moment but I don't think we are far off.

"When you get an opportunity like we did against Scotland just before half-time and don't get it quite get it right it's a bit more glaring than if you have six or seven chances and you miss one of them.

"So we have just got to make sure, when we do have those opportunities, we are clinical enough to take them.

"Ireland are very good set piece and we know they are going to be challenging, Peter O'Mahony is very astute at getting up in the air and he's a bit of athlete."

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We have kept Cory Hill with the group and he is doing a bit of mentoring... That speaks volumes for Cory as an individual - it's just great to have him around the squad...
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