We take a look at six reasons why Warren Gatland’s Wales side can claim their first ever World Cup title this year…
Whilst their main group rivals England and Australia are still undecided on their best XV to start at the World Cup, the Welsh side is nailed on bar a couple of positions. This has meant the majority of the side has been playing together since the last World Cup, giving them plenty of consistency.
Although the tournament is England 2015, and their key games are being played away from the Millennium Stadium, the close proximity will see it still feeling like a home World Cup for Wales. This means they’re likely to have a huge crown turning out at all of their games.
3.The Back Row
Although they may not individually be the best players in the world, the current Welsh back row has a fantastic balance to it that is sure to see them challenging well during the tournament. They will also be pushed hard by the likes of Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty for a starting spot.
4.A Point To Prove
After valiantly being knocked out during the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, many of the current Welsh team will feel they have a point to prove. This could spur them on to go at least one step further, especially if they can keep all of their players on the pitch.
5.The Monkeys Off Their Back
For years there was a stigma attached to the Welsh side that they weren’t able to beat the Southern Hemisphere’s top sides. That could all be about to change having beaten South Africa last year. Although not a great game, the result could help give them a renewed confidence.
Throughout the Welsh side there is a core of players who will provide on-field leadership during the World Cup. Captain Sam Warburton will be supported by the likes of Gethin Jenkins, Alun-Wyn Jones, Jamie Roberts and Richard Hibbard to ensure the whole team if firing.