Warren Gatland backs Wales to win 2019 World Cup in Japan

Warren Gatland (fair) noticed Alun Wyn Jones lead Wales to the 2019 Six Nations Extensive Slam

Coach Warren Gatland says Extensive Slam winners Wales can derive the 2019 World Cup in Japan within the event that they play as smartly as they’ve within the leisure yr.

In that time his facet comprise affirm a nationwide 14-match a success account and accomplished a Six Nations natty sweep with victory over Eire remaining weekend.

“If we play as smartly as we now comprise for the leisure yr, then we can bid dwelling the World Cup,” acknowledged Gatland.

“I know that these guys received’t jog down in any match with out a fight.”

Wales’ remaining defeat came within the 2018 Six Nations against Eire. Since then their scalps comprise incorporated South Africa, twice, and Australia, who they meet within the pool stage in Japan.

‘These guys will give 100% in every recreation at the World Cup’

Wales overtook Eire within the World Rugby rankings to take a seat second within the lend a hand of World Cup holders New Zealand as they took European rugby’s crown.

Gatland’s tenure as Wales coach ends after the World Cup in Japan and speaking at an authentic ceremony in Cardiff to comprise fun the Six Nations derive, he added: “We comprise now a in actuality particular team of avid gamers for the time being.

“We revel in every other’s firm, we suppose every other on a entire lot of things, but once we operate a resolution we lend a hand every other 100%.

“I promise you that these guys will give 100% in every recreation at the World Cup.”

Gatland is celebrating a account third Extensive Slam as a Six Nations coach and has additionally guided the British and Irish Lions to a 2013 sequence derive against Australia and a series map against the All Blacks in 2017.

Of their World Cup pool, Wales face Georgia, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay with August heat-u.s.against England and Eire, the latter twice.

“It’s good to a little bit bit of success and confidently we assemble no longer grab up too many accidents,” added Gatland.

“We will comprise a few months of preparation and as we now comprise within the previous couple of World Cups, we’ll be a few of the fittest teams, if no longer the fittest crew there.

“There might well be some valid depth, some valid competition on this squad and that makes it no longer easy on us as coaches.

“There are some valid quality avid gamers that will jog away out out on the 31-man squad and that will likely be incredibly no longer easy.

“I guarantee you that we’ll jog there with some confidence and belief that we can comprise a hugeWorld Cup.”

Wales comprise twice reached World Cup semi-finals, the leisure time in 2011 in New Zealand under Gatland, the attach they were beaten within the leisure four by France sooner than shedding to Australia within the third-space play-off.

In the inaugural tournament in 1987 they beat Australia in New Zealand to full third – their simplest-ever end.

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