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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 March, 2005, 18:10 GMT
Ask Jonathan Davies
Jonathan Davies
2005 Six Nations
Live on BBC Sport

BBC Sport's Six Nations pundit Jonathan Davies will be on hand to answer your questions this Friday.

Jonathan played 32 times for Wales between 1985 and 1997, captaining his country on four occasions.

And despite leaving the game as a Welsh legend, he never managed to win a Grand Slam with his country, something the current class of 2005 could do on Saturday.

Thanks for all your questions - Jonathan's answers are below.


Qu: Jiffy - do you think we will win tomorrow? I've got some bets with some English acquaintances and really can't afford us to lose!

Huw Cahill, Clevedon

JD: I think we will win - at the very least we have a great chance. Wales need to raise their game from last weekend. They were fantastic for the first-half, but don't forget Scotland were very poor.

If we can impose the game we want to play early in the match then I'd fancy our chances, but it's going to be very tight - almost as tight as your wallet if we lose.


Qu: What do you make of the comments by Dick Best. Do you feel that Welsh success is 'built on sand'? or that few Welshmen will make the Lions squad?

Jamie Tennant, Wales

JD: Before the tournament he may have had a point, but after Wales' performances I'm not sure it stands. In a series like the Six Nations you have to pick players who perform, and that's what Mike Ruddock has done.

I think the team have done enough to guarantee a number of them will go on the Lions tour, and after that who knows? The thing about a tour is that it gives you the chance to play your way into the Test side - so they'll have to prove themselves again once they're out there.


Qu: People often say that a team can peak too early, can you see Wales keeping this up to make a concerted effort for the World Cup in 2007?

James , England

JD: I don't think they're peaked yet - it's a very young team. All they have to do is maintain their improvement, and I think in Mike Ruddock Wales now has a coach who can keep the team moving forward.


Qu: Despite seeming to have the natural talent and skill to be a great player, do you think Henson has the temperament and desire to make it?

Matthew Gravelle, Trimsaran

JD: At the start of his career I'd agree with you, Gavin didn't really have the temperament, but hes matured as a player. Working with Mike Ruddock and Lyn Jones at the Ospreys has helped him, and I think there's a lot more to be seen from him...


Qu: I've watched you play in both codes, which of your tries gave you most satisfaction, the chip ahead against Scotland, or the one when you were playing for GB against Australia. Cheers

Lee Garton, Wales

JD: Tricky - they were both good tries. I like them both to be honest, but if I'm forced I suppose it would be the one for Great Britain. It's not every day you beat Australia.


Qu: Jiffy - How do you think your fellow pundit Jeremy Guscott will be celebrating a Welsh Grand Slam?

Paul Monk, Wales

JD: Ha! When I said England would finish fourth at the start of the tournament Jerry gave me a look of complete disdain! There was no way he thought they would do so badly.

But the thing about Jerry is that he appreciates good rugby, and thats what Wales have been playing. hes enjoyed it, so while he may not be delighted if Wales win, he'll enjoy the way they've done it. If they do.


Qu: Do you think Andy Farrell would be a good signing from League given his age and lack of experience in Union? Could he cut it at the top level?

Graham Richards, England

JD: The thing I'd say about Wigan is that they have a history of letting players go when they've had their best days - bar perhaps Jason Robinson. Read into that what you will

That said, as a player and a person Andy Farrell is magnificent. He has the right attitude and no hidden agenda. If he moves it won't be for money, as he's doing well in League.

He probably wants to test himself on a bigger arena - international rugby union - and who can blame him? The RFU obviously has the cash after the World Cup so perhaps it's a risk worth taking.


Qu: Lots of comparisons between the current Wales side and the great team of the late 70's being made at the moment. Can you really compare the two, or has the game changed so much in the last 30 years that you really can't talk about who's the 'best' player in a certain position, or team in general?

Matt Taylor, England

JD: No you can't. They're two completely different generations, and the game is so different now.


Qu: Jon do you ever get a compelling urge to slap Jerry Guscott when you sit next to him? Even when he says positive things he seems to have a complete contempt for any other nation other than England.

Rhodri Beynon, England

JD: If I had a pound for every time someone asked me that question I would be a millionaire!

Not really - no. I enjoy working with Jerry, and it's great to be able to talk up Wales these days, because it's been a tough time for Welsh fans over the past few years.


Qu: Jonathan - Will the way Wales have played this Six Nations make Clive Woodward change his plans for how the Lions will play against NZ or will he stick with his tried and trusted (though outdated) method and pick the Big Behemoths of England (Dalaglio, Hill, Corry etc) to batter away as is the England way.

David Vickery, Wales

JD: Clive's side will play to win - it's as simple as that. If you look at his teams he's actually quite a flexible coach who has changed his strategy a number of times.

Remember that before the World Cup England were probably the most attractive side in the world, and played some devastating rugby.

Then they arrived in Australia, lost some confidence so they decided to play a tighter game. And it worked. He'll adopt the style he thinks will enable the Lions to beat New Zealand.


Qu: You're probably the most famous Welsh player to never tour with the lions. How many of the current squad would you take to New Zealand? Which ones have really staked a claim for the test team.

George, UK

JD: A lot of them have proved themselves capable of going on the Tour, probably all the team, but of course Clive can't take them all - there's no-one in particular I'd pick out as they've all done well.

All I'd say is that I think the Tour party will be heavily made up of English and Welsh players.


Qu: In light of Jonny Wilkinson's ongoing injury nightmare, who do you think is more likely to start at outside half for the Lions - Stephen Jones or Ronan O'Gara? Thanks!

Conor, Ireland

JD: I think that even if Jonny makes it Stephen Jones will make him fight hard for that number 10 jersey.

On current form I'd pick Jones. He's been superb, be it running, kicking or passing.


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