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Rugby World Cup 2023: Wales obtain ‘first a part of one thing particular’ – Alun Wyn Jones

Venue: Stade de Good, Good Date: Saturday, 16 Sept Kick-off: 16:45 BST
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Former captain Alun Wyn Jones believes Wales achieved the primary a part of “one thing particular” with their victory over Fiji of their World Cup opener.

Head coach Warren Gatland had stated previous to event his facet would “shock a couple of individuals”.

“Gats [Gatland] has come out and stated they’ll obtain one thing particular,” Jones stated.

“The standard of that Fiji crew should not be underestimated. The primary a part of [something] particular has been achieved and I totally help them on the remainder of it.

“It is going to be fascinating to see how choice goes within the subsequent recreation as a result of I believe that may give us probably who’s going to be concerned the week after, until he retains the identical crew.”

Wales face Portugal subsequent in Good on Saturday earlier than Pool C fixtures towards Australia and Georgia as they bid to achieve a fourth successive World Cup quarter-final.

Jones, who appeared at 4 World Cups, retired from worldwide responsibility in Could having been included in Gatland’s 54-man coaching squad for the event in France.

Of their opening recreation, Wales nearly surrendered an 18-point lead following a ferocious Fiji fightback earlier than finally securing a bonus-point victory.

“It was a superb begin,” Jones informed BBC Wales Right this moment. “I assumed there have been some well-constructed tries, Jac [Morgan, captain] led nicely, Biggs [Dan Biggar] had a superb recreation and George North confirmed what George North can do.

“In the end the win was vital for the scope of the primary weekend solely since you look throughout the groups and the variety of groups that most likely did not hit their straps like within the warm-up video games.

“I believe a number of groups have been displaying fatigue from emotional power as a result of it is the primary weekend of the World Cup.

“However to see Wales get that first win is a very powerful factor.”

Jones’ former Ospreys team-mates Morgan and Dewi Lake have been appointed co-captains by Gatland for the World Cup.

Again-row Morgan was skipper for the opener towards Fiji and former captain Jones was stuffed with reward for the 23-year-old.

“What we have seen of him he is carried on what he is been doing when he is had his alternative with Wales and the Ospreys and that is taking part in nicely,” stated Jones, talking at an occasion at Waunarlwydd RFC to publicise Nationwide Lottery funding grassroots golf equipment.

“As a captain that is the very first thing it’s good to do and every part else will care for itself.”



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