Ospreys and Wales prop Adam Jones believes that Wales can retain their Six Nations title next year, despite four losses in November, a string of results which has seen the odds on them winning lengthen with bookmakers like Paddy Power.
Jones missed the Tests against Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia due to a knee injury, but returned for the Ospreys in their victory over Toulouse in the Heineken Cup last weekend.
Wales will be without Dan Lydiate and Rhys Priestland for the Six Nations, two key players in last year's successful campaign, but Jones believes that despite those losses Wales still have a squad good enough to compete for the title under Rob Howley - and a squad that can still be backed for a good return by punters who like to bet on rugby.
"If we can get everyone fit, we can give anyone in the Six Nations a run for their money," said Jones.
"It was tough to miss the autumn series because you know what it's like in camp - the build-up is always exciting.
"It was probably a good series to miss, the way it turned out. But I don't think we've turned into a poor team overnight. There's a lot of talent in the squad.
"If we can get everyone fit, we can give anyone in the Six Nations a run for their money.
"A lot has been made about Warren Gatland being away on Lions duty, but the coaches there are fantastic anyway.
"Of course Gats is a big influence, but I don't see why we can't retain our title. It's obviously going to be difficult, but I don't see why not."