Warren Gatland has sounded a clarion call to the nation for Wales fans to fill the Millennium Stadium to its rafters for the four Autumn International games.
Gatland declared: “We need a big win and the fans, together with the Millennium Stadium factor, can really help us. Once we beat one of these big sides the floodgates will open and we really feel we are on the cusp of having a very special Wales team on our hands “We have reached a tipping point in the development of this side and a full house against the Wallabies for that first game in November could be the thing to take us to that next step and kick start our international season in the most important of years for Welsh rugby.
“With both South Africa and Fiji in our World Cup pool next year and New Zealand and Australia leading the rugby world at the moment these matches are also vital potential scalps for us.” He declared that if his team wins against any of the top three nations then the players involved should be a lot closer to selection for the RWC opener against the Springboks next year. “The Wales side on display against the Wallabies on Saturday November 6, if it wins, should closely resemble the side which carries the expectations of a nation on its shoulders in that first RWC outing agains the Boks in less than a year and the same can be said for the Springboks and All Blacks matches,”he said.
Gatland is happy to publicly state he is looking for results in the Autumn series and he admits the time is now right for a big win. “We have got time before the World Cup, but not much time, and we want to see performances this November which show we are going in the right direction.”
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