Josh Adams had a World Cup to recollect in 2019, ending because the event’s prime try-scorer in Japan as Wales shocked their rivals to succeed in the semi-finals.
Adams crossed the road seven occasions within the Far East and now 4 years later, he’s eyeing up a repeat efficiency with Warren Gatland’s aspect.
‘That might be good, wouldn’t it?’ mentioned Adams, a glint in his eye. ‘It might be good to go one higher with eight!’
Within the build-up to 2019, Wales have been briefly the world’s No 1 team as well as Six Nations grand slam champions in what was imagined to be their final yr below head coach Gatland’s steerage.
Now, Gatland is again in cost after returning to exchange Wayne Pivac. In contrast to in 2019, when Wales have been usually troubling and beating the world’s greatest, little is predicted of them on the event in France.
Wales confirmed off their new kits for the upcoming World Cup that will get underway in September
Wales stars (left to proper) Taulupe Faletau, Rio Dyer, Josh Adams, Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies tackle the children in attendance at Wales Rugby World Cup 2023 equipment launch at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd
Wales wing Josh Adams completed because the main strive scorer (7) on the 2019 World Cup in Japan
Not that being written off is bothering Adams. ‘It wouldn’t have been as pleasurable if we hadn’t had accomplished as effectively,’ mentioned the Cardiff wing, trying again on the final World Cup at Wales’ equipment launch for 2023.
‘It’s just like this group now with the sensation of how tight we’re. If we will replicate that type of feeling we had going into Japan, then I don’t see why we will’t replicate what we did then.
‘It definitely could be a motivating issue to show a degree. Within the Six Nations we completed fifth. It was disappointing to solely win one recreation. We all know we’re miles higher than that.
‘We’ve proved we will compete with the perfect. There has by no means been any doubt or a query inside the squad we will try this.’
Requested if he anticipated Wales to qualify from their pool for the quarter-finals in France, Adams responded in unequivocal trend.
‘It’s the identical pool as 2019 aside from Portugal changing Uruguay so completely we imagine we will get out of the pool,’ mentioned the 28-year-old wing.
Members of the squad have been relaxed as their start to gear up preparations for the event
Wales face England residence and away and in addition host South Africa of their warm-up matches in August earlier than heading to the World Cup
Defeats by Italy and Georgia value Pivac his job as Wales coach however Gatland’s first marketing campaign again within the hotseat was a tumultuous one.
The 2023 Six Nations noticed only a solitary win over Italy. Off the sector, Wales’ gamers threatened to strike for the match with England as contractual and monetary uncertainty hit.
All that has now been put to mattress, even when Gatland has seen skilled gamers Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Ken Owens and Rhys Webb withdraw from the World Cup.
Of their absence, Wales’ squad now has a youthful, exuberant really feel. It was attention-grabbing to notice younger weapons and new captaincy candidates Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake – in addition to Christ Tshiunza – have been entrance and centre of their official World Cup equipment launch footage.
Wales journey to Turkey subsequent week for the second of their World Cup coaching camps. They’ve simply accomplished a gruelling two weeks at altitude in Switzerland.
Gatland’s aspect will face England residence and away and in addition host South Africa of their warm-up matches in August earlier than heading to the World Cup.
Warren Gatland is again in cost after returning to exchange Wayne Pivac, however not like in 2019, little is predicted of his group in France
Wales will contest a pool that features Fiji, Eddie Jones’ Australia, Portugal and Georgia
Fiji, Eddie Jones’ Australia, Portugal and Georgia are their pool opposition.
Wales’ World Cup equipment is impressed by their nationwide anthem with ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ on the collar and the again of the shirt.
It was unveiled at a launch occasion in Pontypridd. ‘I believe with the group we’ve obtained we will actually succeed,’ mentioned Adams.
‘I really feel in the perfect form I’ve been in for a very long time. I used to be struggling on the finish of final season with a number of knocks. It was nothing main, just some issues which slowed progress down.
‘I’ve had a transparent run, educated effectively, and really feel match and wholesome. I’m beginning to really feel again to myself which is nice.’
That’s excellent news for Wales, one thing which has been in brief provide.
Wales additionally confirmed off the away strip they’re set to put on for the event in France