Wales 'must' beat England

2011-08-12 13:47

Cardiff - Wales coach Warren Gatland has called on his side to “send a message” to their Rugby World Cup rivals by beating England at the Millenium Stadium on Saturday.

The match will be the second game between the two Six Nations teams in as many weeks, after the Wales lost the reverse fixture 23 – 19 at Twickenham last Saturday.

According to Gatland, victory in the game is vital to building up the confidence his team will need to to reach their top form during the World Cup.

“We have spoken as a group about how important it is for us to win at home. We have done a lot of hard work as a squad in the last few months,” Gatland is reported to have said on Wales Online.

“But, if we want to be serious World Cup contenders, we need to send out a message that we are good enough to beat England and Argentina at home. It will build up our confidence and send a message to other nations ahead of the World Cup.

“I don’t want us going to New Zealand with people thinking Wales beating other nations is going to be a surprise or an upset. I want people to think when we take the field, we are good enough to beat anyone. That is why winning on Saturday is so important.”

Gatland has made only four changes to the line-up that lost to England last weekend  - one of which was forced - in hope that  selection continuity will ease the teams path to victory.

In the backline, James Hook has replaced fullback Morgan Stoddart, who left the pitch with a broken leg last week, and Gavin Henson will start at inside centre in place of Jamie Roberts, who supplants Jonathan Davies at 13.

While in the forward pack, hooker Lloyd Burns displaces Huw Bennet and Luke Charteris replaces Bradley Davies in the second row.

The team have been put through a punishing training schedule during the preseason and visited Poland twice for intense training camps in July.

Wales have been grouped with minnows Namibia, Pacific Islanders Fiji and Samoa, and defending champions South Africa in Pool D of the tournament.

Wales and England have one more warm up game each, against Argentina and Ireland respectively, before the World Cup starts in September.


  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-12 14:12

    For my Superbru sake.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-12 14:43

      Doen iets aan jou selfbeeld.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-12 14:52

      Te minste het ek 'n selfbeeld. Jy het net 2 breinselle. die een het weggeloop en die ander een het die een wat weggeloop het gaan soek.

      Maori - 2011-08-12 15:04

      Bulldozer is so dom soos 'n hondehok. Na hy van sy vrou geskei het, was hy nog steeds haar neef.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-12 15:17

      Selfs 'n klip is slimmer as Tswane Bulldozer.

  • mikegd - 2011-08-12 14:22

    Not a f........ chance!!

  • Maori - 2011-08-12 14:26

    Wales to beat England by 11 tomorrow. The bokkies fear Wales in the opener, cannot wait for that one. England tried some new tricks, but still one-dimensional and flat-footed.

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-12 14:28

      Ek hoop hulle speel dieselfde tyd as die springbokke. anders gaan ek maar my gras so 17h00 se kant sny.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-12 15:00

      Jy bedoel een van jou skape gaan die gras vriet.

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-08-12 15:01

      @Chief Kok ... ek dink die gras wat in jou ore in gegroei het moet bietjie geknip word ... smaak my jou brein het te veel grass burns!

  • Ozman - 2011-08-12 14:51

    Sunday Report, RWC Headline.....Wales Smash Bok's Down Under

      Gomez - 2011-08-12 15:08

      Not a chaaaaaance brother.....not a chance...Wales...just dont have the fire power or self belief..Ans even if the do beat the Boks,we will still see the Boks in the semis with Wales long time home and dry...

  • cupid - 2011-08-12 14:53

    Its would be impossible to beat a team full of south africans , kiwis, pacific people. I feel for wales, I wish them the best for having such a disadvantage

  • !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-08-15 07:30

    Why does it take Sport24 so long to add there win over England ? I think this is wonderfull to see some Northen teams actually becoming a threat , making this at least a more exiting RWC. Hats of for Wales, except for when you play against us, I will scream for you ! :D

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