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Thursday, 30 March, 2000, 18:52 GMT
Taylor banking on quick recovery
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Mark Taylor is hoping to recover from a thigh injury
Wales centre Mark Taylor has a "50/50" chance of recovering from a thigh injury ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash against Ireland.

Taylor injured his leg last weekend when he was stamped on during a Welsh Cup game against Neath.

At a media conference in Dublin on Thursday, coach Graham Henry said: "We're in no hurry to make a decision. He's probably 50/50. There's no pressure on Mark at this stage.

"We'd obviously like Mark to play. He's played in 19 of the last 20 tests.



We got a bit complacent ... We got a bit tired ... We're not very good

Welsh coach Graham Henry
"I'm sure Scott Gibbs will be desperate to get out there and show he's still got the ability."

Wales have beaten Italy and Scotland in the Six Nations, but were defeated heavily by England and France.

Henry said even a win over Ireland should not allow anyone to gloss over a poor season. adding: "We've had a disappointing Six Nations. There's no getting away from that."


Gibbs
Scott Gibbs could make a return if Taylor is unfit
Wales have been hit by injuries, loss of form and an eligibility row over New Zealand-born duo Brett Sinkinson and Shane Howarth.

Asked why his side had lost their way after a run of 10 straight wins last year, Henry was blunt in his appraisal.

"We got a bit complacent... We got a bit tired... We're not very good," he said.

He added that nations such as Wales and Ireland were less able to ride out sebacks than countries with a larger pool of talent.

"We just can't afford not to have everything 100 percent. I think the Irish will understand what I mean," he said.

Ireland go into the match on a high after three successive wins and Henry said the Irish must start as favourites.

"Obviously, we're the underdogs. The Irish are very confident and playing very well," he said.

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