Wales looking for vocal support
February 18, 2000
News that the 72,500 seater Millennium Stadium is a sell-out for Wales's game against Italy is great news for the team, according to centre Mark Taylor.
The Swansea player is urging the fans to lend their vocal support to the side as they bid to get their first win in the Lloyds TSB Six Nations.
"It is tremendous news that the game is a sell-out," said Taylor during a break from training on Thursday. "It is just what we need. A number of the boys thought the atmosphere was a bit flat for the France game. After the hype of the World Cup, when the roof was being blasted off, things were a little subdued."
"Hopefully, it will be different on Saturday and everyone will be screaming for us again, because nothing gives the players a greater buzz."
Taylor is also happy to again be teamed up with Northampton's Allan Bateman in midfield. "Allan brings the pace, skill and variety which could allow us to play a wide game. He also has vast experience. He knows how to break down all sorts of defences and I'm sure his presence will take a lot of pressure off Neil Jenkins.
Taylor who was partnered by Jason Jones-Hughes against France, could find he has a third different colleague in the midfield in as many games with news that Scott Gibbs hopes to have regained full fitness ahead of the next game against England in two weeks time.