Gatland keeps RWC cards up sleeve

Date published: September 15 2014

Coach Warren Gatland says Wales will make an effort to not reveal their tactics for the World Cup during November and the Six Nations.

Coach Warren Gatland says Wales will make an effort to not reveal their tactics for next year's World Cup during the November Tests and Six Nations.

Wales have been drawn alongside England, Australia and Fiji in the World Cup's the 'Group of Death' and the Lions coach will be hoping to catch his rivals off guard at the global showpiece.

“I'm conscious of not showing the things that we might work on in November and in the Six Nations,” said Gatland at Twickenham on Friday as World Cup tickets went on sale.

“We don't want to show things in those tournaments because the way the game is now, the analysis is instantaneous and if you do something new or different, people are going to work you out,”

“You have to hold something back and that is what we will do over the next couple of campaigns in terms of working on some variation in game plan. Hopefully when the World Cup comes around we will throw something different at those teams we are playing against.”

“Should we use November and the Six Nations as preparation for the World Cup?

“Ultimately it's the World Cup that you will be judged on, so there's no point winning all the games in November and in the Six Nations and then bombing out of the World Cup.

“It's about making sure we have a confident November and Six Nations campaign, while in the back of your mind making sure you are preparing for those World Cup games.

“I look at the pool and there are probably four teams in there who fancy their chances, Fiji included. When I look back, that is probably the most disappointing thing,” added Gatland in reference to the fact that Wales have joined England and Australia in being ranked in the world's top six teams, unlike when the draw was made in December 2012.

“There are two semi-finalists and one quarter-finalist from the last World Cup in the same pool. Let's be honest: everyone wants England to get through to the quarter-final. That keeps the excitement and interest going and puts pressure on us and Australia.

“From our point of view it would be good if ourselves and England make it through. I think it would be good for the competition.”