After losing their fourth game in a row to France in Paris, Wales head coach Warren Gatland remains optimistic about his team’s chances at the Rugby World Cup in France later this year. Despite finishing fifth in the Six Nations standings for two consecutive seasons, Gatland believes that Wales will surprise opponents with their performance in the upcoming tournament.
“”We will surprise some teams in the World Cup by how good we will be,”” said Gatland. “”And how much we will improve having that time together to prepare. We are taking steps in the right direction during this campaign, but we have a lot of work to do.””
Wales has been grouped with Fiji, Portugal, Australia, and Georgia for the Rugby World Cup. They will begin their campaign on September 10th against Fiji in Bordeaux. Gatland’s team won their tournament opener against Italy 29-17 in Rome before facing France in Paris.
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Despite losing to France, Wales showed promise with George North scoring the opening try and Bradley Roberts, Tomos Williams, and Rio Dyer scoring in the second half to give them a losing bonus point. Gatland, who replaced Wayne Pivac as boss for a second time in December, is confident that Wales will benefit from their time together over the past two months.
With Gatland’s belief in his team’s abilities and their determination to improve, Wales will undoubtedly be a team to watch out for in the Rugby World Cup.