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It's the greatest Welsh team ever, says Sir Gareth

 

By Steve Simpson

If Wales can complete the Grand Slam in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations then Sir Gareth Edwards will happily concede that Warren Gatland's side are the greatest Welsh team of all time.

Edwards - who won three Grand Slams and five Triple Crowns in his glittering career - admits that none of his sides of the 1970s will be able to match the class of 2019 if they extend their winning run to 14 games.

"If they took a Grand Slam on top of this run they are on, you cannot argue with that," he said.

"And to be fair, their win against England has raised their status still further.

"Nobody can say they didn't play strong teams, fashionable teams, they will be out there on their own.

"Records are how teams are remembered, on achievement. There was a bit of tongue in cheek with Eddie Jones before the England game.

"But I would have no qualms in recognising that and endorsing what other people have said. It is a bloody fine record and they should be proud of it. Now they need to finish the job."

Wales coach Gatland commented: "We're a team that is definitely maturing.

"They can go through phases in a game where we're under pressure but that doesn't seem to rock them.

"They know that they will get an opportunity at some stage in the game.

"The maturity in the team; not panicking and having that belief that they can come through and win a game.

"That's been massive for this team. I don't see any fear in their eyes or any trepidation.

"The way that they're preparing, there's a confidence within the squad surrounding their own ability and they have belief in themselves and each other," he added.

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