It was a brilliant Six Nations for Wales and one that many Welsh fans won’t soon forget, but after a masterful display against the Irish one could argue that the Welsh have made their lives much more difficult in Japan later this year. With such a large target on their back, and with many of the Home Nations sides seeing how well this Welsh team can play it could be dangerous for Warren Gatland to keep the side unchanged going into the game against Georgia come September.
There were a few notable names that have become household in Wales over the years which we could argue could break into this squad. With the likes of Falatau and Halfpenny not featuring at all for Wales during the Six Nations campaign, how hard will it now be for them to break back into this squad?
Halfpenny’s job to get in the squad is much harder. Leigh Halfpenny is still arguably the best kicker in the Welsh game and brings so much to the table from Fullback, and when healthy he becomes one of the first names on the team sheet. However disposing Liam Williams is probably impossible after such a great showing all the way through the Six Nations, and with Anscombe putting in a solid kicking show against the Irish he is starting to show the all around game he needs to make the Kicking responsibilities his.
Falatau who could have been considered number 1 choice before his arm injury with Bath side-lined him for a number of months. The road to the Wales squad now lies through Josh Navidi and Ross Moriarty who had a stunning campaign at Number 8 for the Welsh. Even if his Arm injury is completely healed and it doesn’t effect his play during the run up to end of the Premiership with Bath he could still find it very difficult to break into the side. His hopes now rest in a solid display during the Summer Warmups which is very likely to feature heavily.
The picture will become clear come August after the World Cup warmups which we should expect a much changed side playing here than the side that faced Ireland at the Principality. So who do you think could break into the Squad? Or would you be happy to see the same Grand Slam Winning side that beat Ireland start against Georgia in Japan.
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