Former England boss Sir Clive Woodward believes that Wales have the personnel to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Warren Gatland's troops have claimed successive Six Nations titles and boasted 10 players in the Lions starting XV for the third Test against Australia. Not only have the current Welsh crop been successful, but they are also a youthful outfit, with more than half of the players who ran out at Twickenham when Wales clinched the Six Nations aged 25 or under.
With this in mind, Woodward feels that Wales can come through a tough pool that contains hosts England and Australia to win the tournament - if they are not hard-hit by injuries.
"If Wales field their first XV, they are potential World Cup winners," Woodward told Wales Online.
"Wales have not got the depth of options available to England, but they do have the quality.
"When they are at their strongest, they are a match for any team in the world.
"Their players were crucial to the Lions and I thought skipper Sam Warburton was amazing."
Woodward is less optimistic about England's hosts and has called on the back division to step up if they are to pocket any silverware.
"Stuart is doing an excellent job and has a good team developing," he said.
"And the Lions experiences this summer of coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree will benefit them hugely.
"But the World Cup will be incredibly competitive in the qualifying pools, particularly for England who are drawn with Wales and Australia.
"It's no longer about development, it's now about results.
"The England forwards look very impressive but it's time for our backline to step up and start firing on all cylinders."