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|World Cup warm-up: Ireland v Wales|
|Venue:Aviva Stadium, DublinDate:Saturday, 7 SeptemberKick-off:14:00 BST|
|Coverage:Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC 5 Live Extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary|
In his latest BBC Sport column, Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes looks forward to his first World Cup, waxes lyrical about sushi and talks about his search for a new room-mate in Japan.
Now the wait for the squad announcement is over, I’m so excited about my first World Cup.
It’s going to be an amazing tournament: a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work. To hear your name read out is something very special and I’m just excited about getting out to Japan and getting stuck in.
No matter who you are and what your status in the squad, you certainly have those nerves when you’re waiting to find out if you’ve been included.
You’d like to be confident but, until you hear your name read out, you don’t get that sense of relief. You have to be on edge a little bit and that’s a good thing because it shows how much depth there is in Wales at the moment.
We found out on Sunday, live and at the same time as all the fans watching online. Then on Monday morning it was back to training.
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When we all saw each other, there were a few ‘congratulations’ here and there and a few handshakes or fist-bumps. It’s a pretty special thing to be able to go to a World Cup.
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