WALES

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Wales boss War­ren Gat­land has re­vealed that he gave his play­ers a ver­bal rocket yesterday – and a clear warn­ing about their places in the team. Wales re­turn to Rugby World Cup ac­tion against Fiji to­mor­row, just five days af­ter the emo­tional high of beat­ing host na­tion Eng­land at Twick­en­ham.

And with such a short turn­around, Gat­land knows the men­tal ap­proach and at­ti­tude must be spot-on if Wales are to re­main un­beaten in Pool A and stay on a clear quar­ter-fi­nal course.

“They got a bit of a rocket this morn­ing, in terms of we named the team and I said to them about this morn­ing [train­ing] be­ing a bit lighter,” Gat­land said.

“But we would look at the GPS num­bers and the in­ten­sity (in train­ing) this af­ter­noon – not a long train­ing ses­sion, about 40 min­utes – and I just said that if I see any body lan­guage or any­thing that’s not right, I will change you to­mor­row. It’s not phys­i­cally, it’s men­tally mak­ing sure they are right. Some­times, the chal­lenge is not the phys­i­cal chal­lenge, but that men­tal chal­lenge. You have got to be right, and that’s our job as coaches to make sure that hope­fully we get them men­tally right for what is go­ing to be a big chal­lenge.”

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