Warren Gatland seeks to stretch tension in England’s World Cup camp

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Coach knows a Wales warm-up win will dismay Eddie Jones just before he reveals his final 31-man squad for Japan

Eddie Jones and Warren Gatland seem so intent on doing things differently that one can only feel for the waiter during their dinner together on Friday. Their approaches to their respective World Cup campaigns are so at odds one wonders if each is doing it simply to bait the other.

Wales are tried and tested. They are grand slam champions, exuding a calm authority and a certain affability. Gatland has adopted a straight- forward approach in his dealings with the press and made it clear this week that he has named his strongest side for Sunday’s opening World Cup warm-up match against England at Twickenham because he wants to extend Wales’s winning sequence to 15, which would install them as the world No1 ranked team for the first time. Furthermore, Gatland reiterated that he intends to name his World Cup squad after three of their warm-up matches, much closer to the official deadline.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/aug/10/warren-gatland-wales-eddie-jones-england-rugby-world-cup-warm-up-tension under the title “Warren Gatland seeks to stretch tension in England’s World Cup camp”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.