Warren Gatland says Wales’ form will mean nothing if they do not continue to improve ahead of the 2019 World Cup. A 20-11 victory over South Africa saw Wales claim a first ever autumn clean sweep following previous November successes over Scotland, Australia and Tonga.
With less than a year to go until the World Cup, hopes are high for a strong showing in Japan, having reached the knockout rounds at the last global showpieces.
The coach is doing his best to stay grounded despite nine straight Test wins prompting suggestions they are genuine contenders for the Webb Ellis Cup, insisting that despite his team’s good form, they are still far from being considered the finished article.
Gatland said: “We’re in a good place at the moment, we haven’t lost at home this year so there’s a nice feeling to be in the changing rooms, but we know there’s a lot of work to do if we want to have a good World Cup.
“We’re not getting too carried away, there’ll be the keyboard warriors criticising me, or [assistants] Rob Howley and Robin McBryde. “We just keep our head down, start thinking about the Six Nations, hopefully have a good Six Nations.
It’s my last 12 months and I’d like to finish it on a high, for these guys to do as well as they possibly can and leave Welsh rugby in a good position.”