Ross Moriarty can go on to achieve bigger things - Robin McBryde

Wales' Ross Moriarty has been praised
Wales' Ross Moriarty has been praised

Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde has tipped back-row Ross Moriarty to scale new heights in his career after his recent performance against England in the Six Nations at Millennium Stadium.

Having made his Test debut in August 2015, the 22-year-old has already featured in 14 games for Wales and has progressed well from the autumn internationals to the recent encounter against England.

As Warren Gatland is expected to announce the British and Irish Lions squad for upcoming tour of New Zealand on 19th April, Moriarty might have to compete for highly competitive back-row slot and McBryde believes his all-round skills and flexibility makes him special.

"He can go a lot further, without doubt," Wales assistant coach and forwards specialist Robin McBryde said.

"He has come on leaps and bounds, and last Saturday was evidence of how effective he can be, both with and without the ball.

"His ball carrying is obviously a big plus for us, but on Saturday he offered an all-round game. He put some telling tackles in.

"Admittedly, he is playing in a little bit of an unfamiliar position for him at number eight, but he is going to go on to bigger and bigger things."

With Taulupe Faletau returning from injury and Wales already having Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric, Moriarty might not be assured of a start against Wales' upcoming clash against Scotland. Wales forward specialist McBryde believes the selection headache is a healthy problem to have for Rob Howley.

"We are blessed there with all those (back-row) names in the hat, as well as James King," McBryde added.

"It is a very keenly-contested area. It is a nice headache to have.

"You have also got to look at what the opposition are doing. The balance is going to be key and the type of game we want to employ, plus the threats the opposition possess."

In the 121 games played between the two teams, Wales have won 70 while Scotland emerged victorious in 48 matches. However, since 2003, Wales have lost a solitary game against the Dark Blues. Despite, having the stats to their advantage, McBryde believes Scotland are a much improved team as seen during their victory over Ireland in Six Nations opener.

"I know Scotland have got a few injury concerns, but they will be ready for us," McBryde added.

"It's normally a fast game, the breakdown is always a keenly-contested one, and they have always got one or two things up their sleeve at lineout time, which we saw in their first game against Ireland.

"They will be heartened and will take a lot of confidence from their first two matches, as we have done, so it's all to play for. It is never easy going up to Murrayfield, and we are just looking forward to a great contest.

"They have got some dangerous runners behind, and they will be keen to use those runners. They caused France a few headaches, and when they get that tempo in their game as well, they are a big threat.

"There were a lot of good things (against England). You can perhaps focus too much on what went wrong and what we should have done differently, and forget the good stuff.

"The players and management have all put their hands up where we think we could have done something a bit better. There has been a good honesty and accountability across the board, and that is the way we move forward.

"Overall, against Italy and England, there has been a willingness to play, a willingness to get out there and play rugby, and that will be the case against Scotland."

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