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Welsh must send early World warning: Jones

By Staff Reporter

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones admits Warren Gatland's side have to hit the ground running at the Rugby World Cup if they are to make it out of the 'Group of Death'.

At least one of Wales, hosts England or two-time winners Australia will fall at the first hurdle this autumn, with the trio drawn together in Pool A.

Wales take on England at Twickenham in their second match and will be gunning for revenge after their RBS Six Nations loss to Stuart Lancaster's men at the Millennium Stadium in February.

It is a clash Jones believes will go a long way to deciding the fate of both nations.

"You can't afford a slow start, it's an incredibly tough group," Jones, who won 75 caps for Wales, said.

"Whether they get out is going to be dictated by how well they start, how quickly they galvanise over the next 10 weeks and how England and Australia fare.

"I think we'll have a better idea after the summer. There's a lot to go between now and then. There's no reason why Wales can't get out of the group."

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