Davies backs Wales to get to final

Date published: August 25 2015

Former Wales and British and Irish Lions wing Gerald Davies believes his countrymen can top Pool A and go on to reach the Rugby World Cup final.

Wales, who take on England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay in what many have termed as being the 'group of death', are third favourites in the difficult pool.

But Davies is backing them to come through the games and knows that topping the pool would give Wales a much more favourable run to the World Cup final.

"If they beat England and Australia – and they've got it within them to do that – and top the group there's a good line to the final," Davies told BBC Sport.

"People are talking about the pool being the 'pool of death' but when the World Cup comes around each game is going to be important.

"It depends how you play against that team on the day. Previous reputation has nothing to do with it in many ways.

"I'm quite confident in the Welsh team, provided they've got the tough, mental qualities to make sure that those games they ought to win they do win.

"We haven't had that certainty in the past, where they've been in control of matches but when the final whistle goes they've lost it.

"I think that's the main point for Wales."