Just as we are returned to lockdown, Wales embark on a gruelling run of autumn international matches.

Wales’ players may well be undercooked with such little rugby in their legs but everyone has been affected and that will not be an excuse.

Furthermore, I expect every country will have to deal with unforeseen restrictions over the next couple of months. These are testing times for everybody.

Wayne Pivac will only have had had a couple of weeks to re-introduce his philosophy to his players. During the Six Nations there were clear signs of the direction of travel Stephen Jones and Pivac were trying develop for the team -moving away from power-based Warrenball towards a more high-skill, wider, looser approach.

There were glimpses of this in the Six Nations but it was hampered by a high error count.

However, there are some aspects of Pivac’s plans that I like a lot.

Firstly, it’s the intention to try to score tries. Wales are not any more just going through phases for the sake of keeping the ball and trying to force a mistake from the opposition.

Instead, Wales are trying to be creative. That comes with a little bit of risk but only because our decision-making and skill levels are not quite up to the level required, yet.

I believe that this is how Wales should approach the game and I am prepared to be patient while the style gets embedded.

What I was less happy with was the attacking structure that Wales employed in phase play. I’m referring to how the forwards are split into two units and spread across the field.

After a few phases of play, Wales’ plan was to have half the pack - the front row plus one second-row, in the middle of the field, responsible for carrying the ball close to the rucks and clearing out when the centres took the ball up.

The other half - the back-row and Alun Wyn Jones, were split into two pairs and hugged the touchlines.

The idea is fine in theory; having players like Justin Tipuric or Taulupe Faletau in a bit of space where they can better use their wonderful skills and create those try scoring opportunities. It also means the heavier forwards are in the centre of the pitch, closer to most rucks where there is less space and the rugby is more direct.

But too often last season Wales would take a few phases to get into this structure, and would lose possession before the ball could get into the wide areas. This was either due to handling errors or because the middle forwards were a bit slow getting to rucks and ball carriers were left isolated.

This had the unintended consequence of a player like Tipuric, arguably Wales’ most creative star, being stuck on the wing and not being involved in Wales’ attacking play.

I’m sure that this will have been reviewed and refined by Pivac and Jones during the months of downtime that they have had this year, but one of the major factors that will influence their thinking is the way the interpretation of the tackle area will affect the game.

When these changes in emphasis first came in, I thought they would favour the attacking team heavily, effectively making it much harder for defending teams to jackal legally.

This would be great for Pivac’s plan.

The reality has not been quite so one-sided, particularly in the northern hemisphere compared to the southern hemisphere. So Wales will still need the numbers at the breakdown to secure the ball, but it might be a little easier than it was last season.

However, if Wales struggle to clear out jackalers as they did last season, they will have to be able to bring those world class players like Tipuric, Faletau and Alun Wyn Jones back into the game from their unemployed wide positions.

The other main problem that Wales failed to solve last season was how to combine being as combative in contact as they were under Warren Gatland, while trying to player a looser game generally.

These players have proved that they can go toe-to-toe with South Africa to a large degree when they are in that attritional mind-set. Warrenball doesn’t require players to think, it requires them to smash whatever is in front of them.

Simple, yet effective.

But for Pivac’s patterns to work, players have to keep that same intensity, win the collisions while still trying to play with their heads up and use their skills.

It’s something that New Zealand have uniquely balanced for years, the combination of physical brutality with sublime skills.

These are the structural attacking issues that will confront the Welsh players and the coaches in the coming weeks and that I will be eagerly following.

But there will be many more talking points as we go through the six games, mainly Wales’ defence post-Shaun Edwards, who will be the best combination across midfield and can Wales’ front five stand up to Ireland and England?

We shall see. A mouthwatering feast of rugby is in store.

Gwyn Jones is part of S4C’s Clwb Rygbi team. Watch coverage of France v Wales on S4C from 7.30pm on Saturday night. Clwb Rygbi will also show coverage of Benetton v Scarlets from 8pm on Friday night and full match replays of Ospreys v Glasgow (Sunday, 10pm), plus Munster v Cardiff Blues (Monday, 10pm).