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Clive's wince of Wales.

Wales coach Clive Griffiths is feeling the pain after seeing his country's Rugby League power drain away.

On the eve of the European champions' clash with France in Carcassonne, he admitted: "To build up a position of strength since 1991 and see all that dwindle away for one reason or another is very hard to stomach.

"Welsh Rugby Union is beginning to put the shoe on the other foot and we have succumbed to it by letting players like Scott Quinnell and Jonathan Davies go. But at the end of the day, you can't stop players going home.

"Our preparations haven't been the greatest for the defence of our title, but 17 Welshmen are going out there with a big say in what happens in the European Championship." Wales begin their defence without more than half the side that brought them their first European Championship success for 57 years.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 1996
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