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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 March, 2004, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Frustration and expectation

By Iestyn Harris
Wales international

It was a comfortable win against Italy, but also a frustrating game for me personally.

Tom Shanklin replaced Harris for the final 20 minutes against Italy
Steve Hansen brought professionalism to Welsh rugby
When you come off with 20 minutes to go you don't expect to get the man-of-the-match award, but I'll take the champagne home and put it on ice!

We'd done a lot of the donkey work in the first 60 minutes and when I came off the game opened up.

The switch was purely tactical and Tom Shanklin deserved his time on the field, but it was disappointing.

Tom played extremely well against England last week and I was lucky to get a recall, so I have to be happy with that.

Everyone wanted to put in a big performance for Steve Hansen to show the extent of his achievements in his two years in charge of Wales.

He's brought professionalism to Welsh rugby.

Steve Hansen bids farewell at the Millennium Stadium
When he took over there were a lot of players in the squad not giving their all in training - he made everyone realise that was simply not good enough.

Our record in international rugby isn't what it should be, but the foundations have been set.

Steve made decisions for the future, not the here and now.

He had to cope with seeing players like Scott Quinnell and Rob Howley retire, and some of the youngsters who came in weren't ready at the time.

Now we are ready. We can move on and reap the dividends.




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