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Record-breaker Charvis just wants to carry on in the red jersey of Wales.

Byline: B Simon Thomas Western Mail

New world record holder Colin Charvis says he wants to be part of Warren Gatland's Wales team, declaring he's ready to pull on the jersey a thousand more times.

The veteran flanker wrote his name in the history books on Saturday when he swooped for his 22nd international touchdown in the 34-12 defeat to South Africa.

That makes him the all-time top try-scoring forward in Test rugby, taking him one ahead of former Italian lock Carlo Checchinato.

Charvis was in typically mischievous mood when quizzed about his record-breaking effort after the game.

"Do I get a letter from Norris McWhirter now then?" he quipped.

"It is a proud moment. It's an achievement, but you would easily sacrifice that for a few more wins in the games that I've scored in, none more so than in this game."

It was another landmark for Charvis, who is already Wales' most-capped forward, with 94 Test appearances to his name now.

But, even though he will be 35 next month, the Dragons skipper is still eager to add to that tally of caps and figure under new coach Gatland.

"I love playing rugby," he said.

"I loved playing for Swansea those years ago, I loved playing for Tarbes, I loved playing for Newcastle and I've loved playing for the Dragons.

"I'm very happy being back in Wales and every opportunity I get to play for Wales I relish, none more so than on this occasion with Nigel (Davies) having the confidence in putting me in as a starting player.

"I would put on that jersey a thousand more times, but we all know that's not going to happen.

"I'm just very happy with the achievements I've got. I've played for Wales for 11 years now and I'm proud for myself, very proud for my family and for all those people that have supported me over the years."

Whether or not he will be part of Gatland's plans, Charvis believes there are reasons for the Kiwi coach to be encouraged by Wales' display against the Springboks.

"Warren would have probably looked at a few areas to improve," he said.

"He would probably appreciate that we've improved since our last game against Fiji. He'll probably see promising signs.

"I'm sure he'll look at a lot of other players within Wales as well and formulate his squad and his ideas and how he wants to see his Welsh team play."

Commenting further on South Africa's victory, Charvis added, "I think it's what a lot of people expected.

"It was the kind of performance a world champion team would put out and credit goes to them.

"Whenever the top teams are missing a couple of their stars people start to question whether they are an under-strength team, but I would simply argue there is never an under-strength Springbok team

"I am sure you could take a few more out of that team and the players that would step into their places would be as good and as threatening," he said.

"That was a world championship-winning defensive structure out there.

"I think we deserve a little bit of credit because we managed to hold on to the ball for long periods of time.

"We had a high percentage of possession throughout the game.

"But the reason they are world champions is they are so hard to break down.

"Although we had a lot of possession, South Africa stuck to their guns, stuck to their game and their defence meant there was just no room for us.

"I think our threequarters challenged them and made a few breaks and looked quite threatening, but they just seemed to have everything covered."
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Date:Nov 26, 2007
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