England legend Martin Johnson has insisted Wales should be disappointed with their World Cup performance – and claimed Warren Gatland is NOT the favourite to lead the 2017 Lions in New Zealand.
The man who captained his country to the world crown in 2003 refused to join the growing consensus that has the Wales boss in pole position for an attempt to follow up his 2013 series win in Australia against the All Blacks in 18 months time.
And Johnson said Wales players, along with their northern hemisphere counterparts, have major improvements to make on the evidence of the global tournament last autumn.
“France, Wales, the other teams…they should all have come back from the World Cup disappointed,” said Johnson.
“That’s because all of them failed to get to the semi-finals.
“The home nations have work to do and I don’t think what happened in the World Cup (an all southern hemisphere last four) was any great surprise or fluke.
“It concerns me, we have to get better, players need to look at those teams and think ‘that’s my target, that’s where I need to be’.
“People can go on about playing in World Cups and being on Lions tours, well, neither are much fun when you lose.”
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