world : Wales will go back to roots - Tompkins

world : Wales will go back to roots - Tompkins
world : Wales will go back to roots - Tompkins

Monday 1 July 2024 10:30 PM

Nafeza 2 world - That unity would have been tested by hooker Sam Parry leaving the Wales training camp voluntarily before the defeat to South Africa with claims the Ospreys hooker felt disrespected by head coach Gatland.

"It's a tough situation because I know Sam quite well," said Tompkins.

"He's a lovely boy and a brilliant player. He's been fed up and made his decision. I don't know if I would have done that personally.

"Ultimately he has missed out on an opportunity and I would have loved for him to have been here but it's his personal decision.

"We are getting on with it and you have to."

Wales' opponents on Saturday have also endured difficult recent times on and off the field.

Tompkins scored a try against Australia in the record 40-6 World Cup win in Lyon last year with the Wallabies bowing out.

Head coach Joe Schmidt has taken over from Eddie Jones and selected a new look squad.

"Australia have a good new coach and a squad that's hurting from the World Cup so I am expecting a lot from them," said Tompkins.

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