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Alun Wyn Jones Wales have No 1 world ranking in their sights ahead of World Cup warm-up against England at Twickenham
- Wales will become world No 1 ranked team by beating England at Twickenham
- Coach Warren Gatland picked his strongest side for the World Cup warm-up Test
- England have had to make three late injury-enforced changes to their line-up
By Will Kelleher For The Mail On Sunday
Published:22:03 BST, 10 August 2019|Updated:22:03 BST, 10 August 2019
No more flying under the radar, Wales are flashing brightly ahead of the World Cup – so much so they could call themselves the best team in the sport on Monday.
Warren Gatland’s men come to Twickenham as unofficially the No 1 ranked team in the world after New Zealand, who saw lock Scott Barrett sent-off in the first half, were thrashed 47-26 by Australia in Perth in the Rugby Championship.
And if Wales fail to lose against England they will sit atop the rankings when they are officially updated at noon on Monday.
Alun Wyn Jones is set to break the international caps record with his 135th appearance
It will be the first time in their history they have officially been able to call themselves the world’s best side – as the rankings were introduced in 2003 – and the game will have a new leader for the first time since November 2009.
And Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones is finally ready to embrace the favourites’ tag that has sat uncomfortably with previous Welsh sides.
‘You come here, it’s Twickenham, we won’t take it lightly but we have to be confident,’ said the man who will break the national record for Test appeara
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