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Strong Rugby World Cup pool can give Wales advantage, says Shane Williams

WALES’ strong pool at the Rugby World Cup could give them an advantage over some of the other teams heading into the latter stages of the tournament.

Wales' winger Shane Williams celebrates

That’s the view of Welsh legend @ShaneWilliams11, who insists that if Warren Gatland’s men make it past the pool stage, they will be fully prepared for whatever is thrown at them in the knock-out phases.

In his KICCA.com blog, he wrote: “The good thing about playing in a pool group as strong as Wales’ is that if you manage to play well and get through relatively unscathed and reach the quarter-finals, you’re certainly going to be prepared for a tough game.”

Wales will likely have to see off challenges from one of England or Australia in order to reach the quarter-finals, but Williams believes that having harder games right from the off could give them an advantage over New Zealand and South Africa, who on paper face more straightforward tasks.

“You’ll have been blooded, you’ll have played against good teams and you’ll be ready,” he wrote.

“Whereas the likes of New Zealand and South Africa, who’ve got a relatively easy group, they’ll almost breeze through and then have to play a tough game in the quarter-finals – so it might play into the hands of Wales and England.”

original article from http://www.kicca.com/

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