Liam Williams Wales coach Warren Gatland plays down move to number one ranking

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Warren Gatland says Wales will not get carried away after replacing New Zealand as World Rugby’s top-ranked nation.

Wales’ 13-6 World Cup warm-up victory over England in Cardiff saw them end the All Blacks’ 10-year unbroken rankings reign.

And their debut rise to the summit comes just 34 days before the World Cup kicks off in Japan.

But Wales head coach Gatland said: “It’s just a number, isn’t it.

“It is a nice accolade to have, but it is all about the next few months and backing that up by performing well in the World Cup, and we’ve a couple of games against Ireland to go as well.

“It’s nice for a day, but we won’t be shouting from the rooftops about it. We have got to keep things in perspective.

“Lots of journalists will be out there saying ‘this is a joke’ – probably Kiwi journalists more than anything! It’s just a number.

“We are not making a big fuss of it. We will keep it in our pocket and go from week to week.”

Liam Williams Wales celebrate at the full-time whistle after their win over England, which sends them to top spot in the world rnakings. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters
Wales celebrate at the full-time whistle after their win over England, which sends them to top spot in the world rnakings. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Outhalf Dan Biggar starred with an accomplished all-round display, converting wing George North’s 38th Wales try and kicking a penalty.

The performance answered recent criticism from former international JJ Williams, who claimed Wales would not win a World Cup with Biggar at 10.

“He [Biggar] was really good today,” Gatland added. “I don’t k

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