Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT -

WALES must win one of their re­main­ing two Six Na­tions fix­tures or face a re­peat of their night­mare last World Cup draw at Ja­pan 2019. De­feat to Scot­land on Satur­day saw Rob How­ley’s (above) side slip to sev­enth in World Rugby’s rank­ings. And If the Welsh fail to beat ei­ther Ire­land or France they will drop out of the world’s top eight, leav­ing them to face two of the game’s best sides in the pool stages in two years’ time. Wales had both Eng­land and Aus­tralia in their 2015 pool and How­ley knows that the re­sults of his team’s next two games will have im­me­di­ate and longterm con­se­quences. The World Cup draw is in May based on rank­ings at the end of this Six Na­tions.

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