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Gatland to guide Wales to World Cup glory in last stand? Bookies react to Six Nations success

Warren Gatland (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Warren Gatland’s final taste of the Six Nations as Wales boss ended in Grand Slam glory, but could he now enjoy a fairytale farewell by leading the Welsh national team to World Cup glory later this year?


Wales went into the 2019 Six Nations behind both Ireland and England in the outright betting, but a sensational second-half fightback against the English put them in pole position to win the tournament and they then comfortably beat Ireland this past weekend to claim the crown in the best possible way.

It was a fantastic start to the year for Gatland, who will step down following the conclusion of the World Cup, and now all eyes are on whether or not he can complete a fairytale final stand by leading his men to glory in Japan.

“We are still trying to slip under the radar,” he told reporters. “We know on our day we can beat good teams.

“These boys train exceptionally hard and they will run through a brick wall for you. It is the same for the coaching team. We are very close knit. Hopefully with a bit of luck and no injuries we can head to Japan in good spirits.

“In our pool, if you win, you potentially don't face the southern hemisphere sides on the way through. With a bit of luck, hopefully we don't pick up too many injuries.

“I'm excited for the World Cup because you get two or three months together and you can prepare like a club side. You can go into a lot of skill development and really fine tune your game. From that point of view, we'll be in great shape.

“In our previous two World Cups, we were one of the fittest teams in the World Cup. We'll be in good shape for this as well.”

Wales will climb to second in the world rankings following their Grand Slam success in the Six Nations, but their standing is not reflected in the outright betting because there are four teams ahead of them in the betting.

New Zealand are currently the 11/10 favourites to win the World Cup with bet365, while England and Ireland are considered their main rivals for the crown at odds of 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.

South Africa are currently available at 8/1, with Wales considered 9/1 shots to give Gatland a dream send-off in Japan.


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