Alun Wyn Jones Wales is ‘finally ahead of you in rugby’ – World Cup optimism builds under Warren Gatland

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Give Warren Gatland his due for lifting Welsh rugby out of a hole.

That’s the message fromWalesOnlinerugby writer Simon Thomas after Gatland’s side supplanted the All Blacks at No. 1 in the world rugby rankings.

Thomas also expressed a cautious optimism about Wales’ World Cup prospects in Japan under their longtime New Zealand coach, saying a triumph was “not impossible”.

Gatland had taken the new world ranking with a “pinch of salt,” Thomas told theRadio Sport Breakfast..

“Often being No. 1 doesn’t mean you are going to win the World Cup. He knows there are massive challenges ahead, there’s still work to do to challenge for the trophy,” Thomas said.

“But considering Wales were No. 10 when Warren Gatland took over in 2008, it’s a pretty massive achievement.

“We may have not beaten New Zealand since 1953, but we’re finally ahead of you in something in rugby.”

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