Warren Gatland insists his Wales side are heading into the World Cup without any fear.
Wales have racked up four straight victories, proving a defeat to England on home soil at the Millennium Stadium last month was nothing more than a blip.
And the latest of these wins was the most impressive, Wales running in eight tries to beat Italy 61-20 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday – British & Irish Lions wing George North helping himself to a hat-trick.
Lions captain Sam Warburton and centre Jamie Roberts also got in on the act and the man that led them to a famous 2-1 series victory over Australia back in 2013 insists confidence is high in the Wales camp with the World Cup drawing ever closer.
“It is one of the things we are excited about, having that time together before the World Cup to get us in great shape physically,” Gatland told Wales Online.
“We are not bad at the moment, but hopefully we will be a lot better by the time of the World Cup.
“It is an opportunity for us to have time together, which you don’t always have as coaches and players. We can work on variations of our game.
“We won’t be going into the World Cup with any fears of not qualifying from our group.
“There is no fear about playing England at Twickenham or Australia, because we know we will be in good shape as long as everyone stays fit and clear of injuries.
“We can go there with some real confidence and belief that we can get out of our group.”
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