Gatland happy to fly under the radar
Warren Gatland is happy for Wales to go into the Six Nations Championship under the radar.
Wales are currently not mentioned by pundits in the same breath as England, Ireland and Scotland, but Wales head coach Gatland said: “Long may that continue.”
England and Ireland have dominated since Wales last won the competition in 2013, taking two titles each, with England targeting a hat-trick.
Wales’ autumn campaign — with victories over South Africa and Georgia, but defeats to New Zealand and Australia — suggests they have ground to make up on their European rivals, though with players like Sam Warburton, George North, Liam Williams, Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric to potentially reappear in the selection mix they should not be discounted.
“We will do a review with the coaches on Tuesday in terms of the [autumn] campaign and then start thinking about the Six Nations and planning for that,” said Gatland.
“With where all the teams are, it’s going to be one of the closest Six Nations that we have had for a long time. A lot of people are talking up other teams, and long may that continue from our point of view. Given where we are in terms of the amount of injuries and the inexperience we put out [for the autumn Tests], I think we are in a good place.”