Ryan Jones will carry the Welsh flag into battle against France on Saturday determined to lead his country to a 10th Grand Slam and a place in Welsh rugby history.
Jones will demand his troops produce a repeat performance of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations under the closed roof of the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
”I don’t prepare speeches, because you’ve got to judge the mood. When I speak it’s not planned, it’s more from the heart, off the cuff, instinctive,” said Jones.
“I don’t think this is a day for words, it’s a day for actions. No words can get us through, we just have to make sure we’re physically and mentally ready.
“We have set our sights high and we’re on the verge of a special achievement. It’s never going to be a case of motivating guys at a time like this.
“There is no point shouting and screaming and bouncing off the walls, because that won’t do anyone any good. You have to keep a certain composure and focus, so that you can be clinical.”
Coaches Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards have taken most of the credit for transforming Welsh rugby, which hit rock-bottom after Fiji sent them crashing out of the World Cup.
But their captain has played a significant role. Jones came into the tournament with just a handful of matches under his belt after a shoulder injury kept him out for the best part of a year.
But he is back with a bang, showing the dynamic form that helped Wales win that Grand Slam three years ago and took the Lions tour by storm.
Last weekend Jones lifted the Triple Crown trophy after a huge individual performance in Wales’ 16-12 victory over Ireland at Croke Park.
“It is important I try and lead from the front because I want the respect and admiration of my peers. That is the biggest accolade you can get as a captain,” said Jones.
“Last week was probably my most complete performance. I came off with my head held high. I had given everything.”
Jones leads a team featuring only one change from Croke Park, with James Hook back in the fly-half jersey ahead of Stephen Jones.
“France possibly pose the most complete threat in the tournament because they can attack you from anywhere,” said Jones.
“But we can play in different styles too. If we get it right on the day and impose ourselves on them we will win. That is the belief I have in this team.”