Sir Clive Woodward tells Wales to stop obsessing over England and insists

Sir Clive Woodward has told Wales they should celebrate a win over Australia today more than beating England in the Six Nations.

The English World Cup winning coach insists there is no fathomable reason for Wales’ woeful run of 13 straight losses against the Wallabies.

He dubs it ‘one of the most baffling records in rugby.’

But Woodward reckons one factor might be Wales being ‘blinded by their urgent need to beat England’ and too much of a focus on the Six Nations.

Sir Clive Woodward claims beating Australia eclipses beating England

Writing in the Daily Mail, Woodward says Warren Gatland’s side and a Welsh nation should forget about old enemy England and focus upon the bigger picture.

“There is absolutely no logical reason why Wales — who have fielded some cracking sides over the last 10 years and again have a team that can contemplate winning the World Cup — should have such a poor record against the Aussies,” argues Woodward.

“During that time England, Scotland and Ireland have beaten them with some regularity and France have a couple of wins under their belt, too.

“Wasn’t it Warren Gatland who coached the Lions to an excellent win in 2013 with a squad packed with talented Welshmen?

“For too much time Wales have been blinded by their urgent need to beat England in particular and to win the Six Nations in general.

“Each are worthy, but ultimately limiting aims.

Wales fans will be willing their team on against the Wallabies

“To beat Australia today is infinitely more important than beating England at the Principality Stadium on February 23.

“Let’s hear the crowd roaring as if they were taking on England in a Grand Slam decider.

“Wales must get over this mental hurdle before they can move on to greater things.”

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