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No fear for Gatland

Warren Gatland believes Wales should have a no-fear approach when they head to the World Cup.

Wales find themselves in a tough pool, drawn alongside world champions South Africa, Samoa, Fiji and Namibia, with the Springboks providing their opening opposition on September 11.

But Wales coach Gatland, delighted with an intense summer's preparation, said: "I think we are in great shape physically. We shouldn't go there with any fears."

He added: "I really put the players under pressure the week of the second England game this month to beat England at home and to perform (Wales won 19-9).

"In the past, sometimes they have shied away from that responsibility. You could see the heads go down, but they fronted up to what was a big challenge.

"And last weekend, we didn't play that well, but to beat Argentina comfortably was a sign there is something in this squad that is hopefully going to show something at the World Cup.

"The hardest thing about coaching an international side is limited preparation time, and the fact we have had these guys together for a couple of months has made a massive difference to us.

"I would like to think that people think we are not in bad shape going to this World Cup."


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