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Warren Gatland targets Wales' first Rugby World Cup - 'We won't go down without a fight'

Warren Gatland is confident of Wales' chances at taking out this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan, having sealed a Six Nations Grand Slam in Cardiff this weekend.

Now the world's second-ranked side, Wales could find themselves as dark horses come this year's World Cup, arguably in their best position to claim the Webb Ellis Trophy.

Not only that, but Gatland's side are on a record 14-Test match winning streak, having not been beaten since the 2018 Six Nations.

Speaking to the BBC, Gatland said he is confident of upsetting the apple cart in Japan - drawn in the same pool as Australia, Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay.

"If we play as well as we have for the last year, then we can bring home the World Cup," Gatland said.

"I know that these guys won't go down in any match without a fight."

Gatland also assured fans that the side may be among the best to ever represent Wales.

"We'll have a few months of preparation and as we have in the last few World Cups. We'll be one of the fittest teams, if not the fittest team there," he said.

"There are some real quality players that will miss out on the 31-man squad and that will be incredibly tough.

"I assure you that we'll go there with some confidence and belief that we can have a great World Cup."

Wales open their 2019 World Cup against Georgia on September 23.

Wales coach Warren Gatland congratulates Sam Warburton after the Ireland versus Wales quarter-final match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup at Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, 8 October 2011. Photo: Dave Lintott / photosport.co.nz
Wales coach Warren Gatland congratulates Sam Warburton after the Ireland versus Wales quarter-final match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup at Wellington Regional Stadium. Source: Photosport


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