Here's every word former Wales boss Warren Gatland had to say after naming his Barbarians side to face Wayne Pivac's Wales this Saturday.
Question: Is it an odd feeling to line up against Wales?
Warren Gatland: It’s been a great experience. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know players I wouldn’t have worked with before. It’s been good working with Robbie Deans, Robin McBryde has come in this week too.
So it’s been pleasing to see the guys bonding, having a bit of fun, but then getting serious as well. I’ve enjoyed the week and just looking forward to Saturday.
It’s a great opportunity for me to say thank you to the fans and the Welsh public for 12 brilliant years. It’s been amazing. This place has kind of grown on me – it’s like a growth somehow!
It’s been fantastic and just looking forward to Saturday. I don’t think I can lose really, either way. But we’re here to play some rugby and we’re here to give a good performance.
The competitive side comes out of me so, over the next 48 hours, it’s about getting ourselves right. When those competitive juices start to flow, it’s about delivering a performance and hopefully the Barbarians winning.
Q: You know better than anyone how to pick holes in that Wales team, don't you?
WG: We haven’t looked at them [yet], they’ll name their side today. We know they’ve got a few guys out and a few injuries.
It was funny on Tuesday because I went back to my apartment and actually drove past while they were training and I thought ‘This is a bit weird’ so I made sure I didn’t look out of the car window.
My apartment overlooks the training ground as well, so I wasn’t watching them train. It felt a bit awkward really!
It was too dark anyway, it was about half past four. It’s an unusual situation but something to look forward to and hopefully, in Barbarian spirit, the boys will want to go out and play and I’m sure Wales will do the same.
We want the roof open!
No, we know it will be closed, so that should create a great atmosphere and there’s going to be a good crowd there too.
Q: How’s the Barbarians been as an off-field experience?
WG: The boys have had a couple of nights out together and it hasn’t been crazily wild and stuff. That tends to happen earlier in the week and then, over the next 48 hours, senior players take the reins, particularly with the captain’s run, it’s over to the players for the last 24 hours.
You see with those players when game day comes around, they play with pride because that’s important when you’re representing the great history the Barbarians hold.
You’ve got to go out there and make sure you don’t let yourself down and don’t let the history of the Barbarians down as well.
So you’ll see that over the next 48 hours in terms of the players getting their rugby heads switched on and start thinking what the game of rugby is about.
Q: Is it strange to see this Wales team you’ve built starting life without you?
WG: It hasn’t really – I’ve kind of been able to park that.
At the World Cup, after the quarter-final, we knew we had two games to go so I feel I’ve had closure and this game on Saturday is special for a couple of reasons. It’s a great chance for me, the last time in the stadium, to be able to say thank you, and it’s a new regime.
They’ve got to put their own stamp on it. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved in that period in terms of trophies and stuff, and semi-finals of the World Cup.
But it’s a chance for this group to potentially take it on to a new level and add their own personalities and their own thoughts and ideas into Wales.
I think I’ve left it in a pretty good place from when I started, and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved over that period. Hopefully they’re able to do that.
Q: A word on Wayne Pivac and the challenge he faces?
WG: There have been a lot of jokes flying around about the challenges that he faces. He is aware of that as well.
It is like everything, you have your ups and downs and it is not going to be smooth sailing all the time.
He needs a little bit of time to put his own personality onto it and his own imprint on the game, working with the other coaches, gelling together, and that takes some time.
That was why I felt it was really important to have this game. Initially, when I was told about this game going ahead, the idea was that it was going to be my last game in charge of Wales.
I just felt that it was not right for that to happen. I was finished after the Rugby World Cup and it was a great chance for the new coaching team to come in and to get some time with the players.
This will give them a good chance to assess those players and help them build for the Six Nations, and I just felt that was really important.
Rather than the Barbarians asking me, I had to ask the Barbarians if I could coach them against Wales! It was important for Wales and for the new management team too.
Q: How do you beat Wales?
WG: Besty would probably know better than me!
Rory Best: Not really! Keep the roof open. No, close it!
WG: One of the things that I thought in particular the last two to three years with this group, you look through and there are some absolute world-class players there, some who are good but probably do not have the same x-factor.
But they get the best out of what they have got, and as a group they never give up. That is one of their greatest assets as a team.
Even when they are behind they will still keep fighting and trying.
We know it is going to be tough on Saturday because of their mindset. When they put that red jersey on, it really means something to them.
I am well aware of how motivated this Welsh team will be to impress the new coaching team coming in. They want to make the coaches sit up and take notice, and to put their names forward for the Six Nations.
They will be incredibly motivated to want to do well and we have to be aware of that. We have named a team with a few big lads in there, so apart from wanting to play some really positive rugby, we have to get the balance right, get some front-foot ball, get across the gain-line and we have players we think are capable of doing that.
I am looking forward to the challenge. Once Wales name their team we will look at a few individuals and try and pick a few holes if we can. But we are just guessing at the moment.
Q: Have you spoken to Wayne a lot?
WG: No I haven't. He came out to the World Cup for a couple of weeks and had a bit of a look out there. This is his team now.
It is important that he takes the reins, that I am stepping back and allowing him to do that. We had three of four quite heavy days in Dublin as a management group which was brilliant, just as a farewell to that management team that had been together for so long.
I have had a chance to say my goodbyes this week.
Q: Warren what are your thoughts on Sam Warburton going into coaching, do you think he's got a bright future?
WG: I don't know. I've got no idea. I've never seen him coach but it will be interesting to see how that happens.
Obviously you've got Sam and Martyn Williams coming in from a management point of view. They've been two great players for Wales.
It will be interesting to see with him in the contact area and the defence. There is no doubt that, from a contact point of view, he was absolutely world class when he was at his best.
He'll have an input and his own views and ideas on that. People are telling me that he's pretty excited about it. He's got a huge amount of respect from a lot of people.
Hopefully he does a good job but it will be challenging for him because there is a group of older players there that are not too far removed from when he was playing as captain.
Sometimes that can be challenging for young coaches. You try and have that separation between being a player and now being a coach.
That will have to be managed quite carefully but hopefully he's able to have a positive contribution.
Q: Have you ever been in the away dressing room or did you ever arrange to have something done to it?
WG: No. There are no cameras in there or anything like that! The strange thing is when I first arrived that was the home dressing room.
Even though the away one is slightly bigger with the warm-up area, I felt the configuration of it wasn't as conducive as I would have liked or a changing room set-up.
I spoke to the players at the time about would they be prepared to move to the other one, and they weren't against that because the home dressing room at the time had not been incredibly successful!
Change is as good as anything. Change the environment, new coach coming in, let's change the changing rooms and see if we can change our luck. It has been good for us.
I know we lost to Ireland in the warm-up, but it has been a long time since we lost a competitive game at home. The changing room has been lucky for us.
Q: Do you know how to get to the away team’s coaches box?
WG: No idea. I'll have to make sure that when I come up the stairs on Saturday that I turn right and don't get lost. Someone's going to have to show me.
Q: Willis Halaholo has been very vocal about his critics. What have you made of that situation?
WG: He's not the only one. Gareth Anscombe went through the same thing and I think it's important that he bides his time and keeps his head down.
That would be my advice to him in terms of earning the respect of the public. When that comes, you get by and they get by.
To be honest he's not a player I've looked too closely at because he wasn't eligible for us at the time and the rules are the rules.
I think going forward it's going to be tough with the five years kicking in.
The advice that I gave to any of the Wales players coming into the set-up was to make sure they learned the anthem.
I think that has quite a significant impact when the public see those new players, particularly ones like Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth - although Gareth's mother is Welsh - but when the public see them singing the national anthem, there's buy in.
It's not the easiest anthem in the world to learn, I can promise you that! But that would be my advice if he does get a chance.
I'd spend the next two months learning the anthem because that's probably how long it would take him!
In fairness to Hadleigh, I said that to him and he spent the week with Rhys Patchell learning the anthem. You've got to accept that there are going to be people that are negative about it.
But you just have to keep your head down and earn the respect and that's one way of doing it. For him, it's about getting fit and playing well for the Blues and seeing if he gets selected in the future.
Q: What have you made of the mess at the Ospreys recently?
I think Ireland have an incredible set up with the provinces there and the history of it. The quality of players they're bringing thorough and the success they've had and it would definitely help the Welsh team if the regions here were consistently more successful. That's a challenge.
I've just said that it's not about the players, it's about getting the infrastructure right, making sure you get the right coaches, quality coaches and all the things that are important behind the scenes.
The gym, the medical staff, the nutrition, the food all those things are probably more important than players.
I think, sometimes, we've had people looking at short term gains, trying to get immediate success, trying to buy in overseas players and not looking at the long term vision.
It's about development and the academy. Coaches come in here and they're under pressure to get performances and results. They're not thinking long term.
Unfortunately, it's a little bit like the football model, you see managers come in to football clubs, they're under so much pressure for results, they're not thinking about the youngsters, the future.
We need long-term vision here, we need to think about a blueprint to make our regions better and stronger. The WRU are working on that.
I don't think we've got it right but if they do focus on that... I know there is potentially a lot more money coming into the game.
If that investment is used wisely, I think they'll get a lot of rewards out of that and the regions will be as strong as they possibly can.
That will have a significant impact on Welsh performances. I think we've been lucky over a period that we've been able to get the best out of the same group of players.
But it won't sustain forever, it will have an impact on the Welsh rugby team if the regions are not performing at a higher level more consistently.