BBC Wales correspondent

Wyre Davies

Wyre Davies says, "The more meticulous you are, the greater the likelihood that you'll be able to overcome problems on the day."

Raise Your Game: How do you prepare for an event like a Six Nations rugby match?

Wyre Davies: There's a fair bit of preparation involved because you've got to know who's playing and their current form. It's like anything really, the less prepared you are, the greater the likelihood that you're going to mess up on the day.

There's a chance that I can scoot through it but I think it's a lot easier if you do as much preparation as possible before the game. We research by looking at previous games, interviewing people beforehand and attending pre-match press conferences with captains, and coaches. When you're doing your piece or commentary on the day, the key thing is to make sure you've put in your hours beforehand, then the day itself will, hopefully, go well.

RYG: What are the highlights of the job?


Wyre Davies


Sports journalist

WD: It's great to come and see the rugby. I'm not pretending I'm not going to enjoy the rugby. Sometimes you have to dip out at half time to do your match report, but it's always great to come and mix with players and the crowd.

RYG: What advice would you give to young people looking to follow in your footsteps?

WD: The key is try to get work experience. Speak to your local BBC radio or television station. You don't need to be highly qualified, although an understanding of the industry helps. The key thing is experience. Come and see what people do and that's the way in. If you're determined enough and if you have a genuine interest, you'll get in.

Be prepared. Know what you're going to do beforehand. Try to think ahead, what are the likely problems on the day? In terms of crowd control, if I'm doing a live piece to camera, I try to make sure that I'm somewhere that people aren't going to get behind me and make a fool of me. If I'm doing a match report, I ask myself what will be the likely pitfalls.

Physically, how are we going to get the tape from the camera to the van? Planning is really important. The more meticulous you are, the greater the likelihood that you'll be able to overcome problems on the day.

RYG: If a young person was looking to gain work experience with you, what kind of things would you be looking for in them?

WD: A genuine interest in what we do. I'm not interested in people who want to be on TV. I don't think that's what we're about. We're a vehicle to tell people out there what is happening, whether it's news, sport or education. You've got to have a real interest in the product, not just in being on TV.

I want somebody who can convince me that they're meticulous, bright, and that they've got energy as well. There are a lot of long hours and long days in this job. You've got to be prepared to put the hours in. It's not a nine to five job.

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