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Gatland wants November scalp

22nd July 2013 16:35


SKY_MOBILE Gatland Warren British and Irish Lions

Momentum: Warren Gatland

Wales boss Warren Gatland has called for his side in November to continue the momentum created by the British and Irish Lions.

Gatland lead the Lions to a first series win since 1997 with a 2-1 series victory over Australia earlier this year.

Ten Welsh players were selected in the starting XV for the final Test, with Gatland now calling for the returning stars to spur the national side on to greater success.

With his work with the Lions now complete, Gatland stated that he was looking forward to Wales' itinerary next season in the build up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"It is another chance for us to lay down a marker and for the returning British and Irish Lions to pick up from where they left off," said Gatland.

"South Africa, Australia and Argentina will arrive in the UK on top form off the Rugby Championship and they'll look to make a point against us as the Six Nations Champions.

"We have always thrived on testing ourselves against the best and we will be doing that again in November and it will be ideal preparation going into the Six Nations early next year.

"We have had some big battles in the November Series, against South Africa and Australia particularly in recent times, pushing them close last summer and losing in the final minute in Cardiff last autumn.

"It will be great for the team to be back at the Millennium Stadium, in front of their home fans and to return to the scene of the Six Nations title victory."

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