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Gareth Thomas Q&A
Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas
Wales captain

Plenty of you want to know what goes on in the mind of Gareth Thomas, so our BBC Sport player pundit gives you the lowdown from the Wales camp.

Here are a selection of some of the week's best questions, but keep them coming in during each round of the RBS Six Nations.


Q: Who do you consider to be the best full-back ever? Good luck to you and the boys in the Six Nations, Alfie!
Dai Wright, Neath

Obviously I should go with JPR (Williams - another Bridgend product), but I'd have to say (France legend) Serge Blanco was one of the most impressive full-backs I've ever seen.

Q: Who is the most promising young talent in Welsh rugby?
Robert Nitman, Worthing

Rhys Thomas, the Wales hooker, as he plays an all-round game. He's taken the position of hooker to another level and he's definitely here to stay.

Q: Who eats the most in the Wales squad?
George, Maidenhead

Probably someone like (lock) Ian Gough. You'd be surprised as I was thinking it should be one of the front row - but they train so hard they're refuelling all the time. Playing for Toulouse though it's French cuisine or nothing for me now!

Q: Who knocked your two front teeth out?
Rev. B Royston, Cardiff

John Davies (the Llanelli Scarlets prop) knocked one of them out - I'm not happy with that, that was a cheap shot! - and the other one... I haven't got a clue, but that was rugby again.

Q: Will you get a clear gumshield made? You would look more dangerous with a clear gumshield.
Steven, Swansea

Never! Because the only time I've ever had white teeth is when I've got a white gumshield in, so there's not a hope in hell of me changing that!

Q: Is there any chance of seeing you play for a Welsh regional side in the future?
Dai Mathias, Barry

Yes. Probably. My time in France is great, I'm loving it, but I'd like to finish playing my rugby in Wales. But where... who knows?

Q: My Dad says you wear that black tape on your arm because you have a rude tattoo. Is this right?
Ewan Hussami, Auchterarder

That's wrong. The reason I wear it is because I've broken my arm in the past and I've got a metal plate in it, so the armguard protects it.

Q: What do you think will be the most challenging game of the Six Nations and why?
Chris Saunders, Cardiff

Probably the first game in England, because it's in Twickenham, it's the first game of the tournament and everybody's firing on all cylinders. There's so much history behind it, so much rivalry, so much passion. After what we went on to achieve (the Grand Slam) after last year's victory, it spices up the game even more.

Q: Who would you class as the most elusive attacking talent in the championship?
Mike B, Cardiff

Shane Williams (the Wales and Ospreys wing), without a doubt. he can turn on a six-pence, he can beat somebody within a 10m space, which in international rugby with the defences these days is a rarity. I play with some amazing guys at Toulouse, but Shane's talent one-on-one is something I've never come across in any other team I've played for or against.

Q: Alfie, who in this year's championship are the hardest tacklers? Good luck to you and all the boys for Saturday.
Stu Hill, Swansea

Wales, innit! Duh!

  • Read Alfie's verdict on England v Wales this weekend, and more answers to your questions next week.




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