Underdogs tag will strengthen Wales resilience, Warren Gatland insists

“So, while that isn’t the be all and end all, you’d much rather be going into this World Cup having beaten the two teams in your pool as opposed to having lost to them”. We’re only looking ahead rather than at what is behind us. Unlike the first edition, where teams were brought in through invite, an actual qualification tournament involving 32 teams was used in 1991.


“We have Matthew Morgan and Hallam Amos in our squad who have pretty quick feet and we have used them to emulate the threat of runners like Joseph and Watson”, Edwards said.

Referees would also be wary to stamp out another scourge that it encroaching from football, with players badgering referees being warned at first and marched back 10 metres if the problem persists. If you go through the forwards, Ben Morgan is an outstanding ball-carrier.

“We’ve got a lot of players back from injury, too”.

Wales face Uruguay on Sunday (Monday NZT) in Cardiff in their opening match and captain Sam Warburton has been delighted by his team’s meticulous preparations.

Surprisingly, you don’t need to be close to Twickenham to make the most money from the World Cup. That was our big concern – how we were going to fill that gap left by Brian.

“We haven’t spoken about any points score”. Credit where it’s due – the Welsh were very strong and played superbly that day, but the margins between the teams are so small now that you genuinely have seven or eight sides who can win the World Cup.

A friend once told me a story about the difference between England and those countries where rugby really matters.

“With the money that we have available we’re working very hard to ensure that that part of the world is thriving in terms of its international rugby and that the players are well looked after”.

As a nation with one of rugby’s largest playing bases and one of the sport’s wealthiest unions, England should always have a good supply of players to call upon.

“Social media offers great opportunities for the Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to attract and engage directly with fans and this year there is an extensive campaign underway”, Gaffney says.


Last season, Toulouse wing Yoann Huget was given a warning for deliberately feigning an injury in a European Champions Cup game against Bath, while Bryan Habana apologised after attempting to gain a penalty for Toulon against Saracens in the 2014 Heineken Cup final.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen talks tactics with assistant coach Ian Foster