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Sport England star says Wales winning the World Cup would be ‘unbearable’ and 'the rugby world will end'

06:40  20 october  2019
06:40  20 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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James Haskell says Wales winning the World Cup would be ‘unbearable’ and Mike Tindall has revealed his promise if they do. The fellow former England internationals were speaking on Joe’s House of Rugby podcast when they addressed Wales’ chances ahead of today’s quarter-final with France. Begrudgingly, ex-flanker Haskell conceded Wales definitely can win it all.

“Wales could 100% win the World Cup,” he told the podcast. “If they win the World Cup, the world as we know it will end. The rugby world will end. “It would be unbearable. “Everyone hates the English, we know that - empire building, we’re all arrogant a***holes, I understand that. “But if the Welsh win, it will be non-stop choruses oh Bread of Heaven.

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“Every conversation - it doesn’t matter what you’re talking about, you could be in the middle of a business meeting talking about finance and they’ll somehow go ‘well, we f***ing won the World Cup didn’t we?’” “If they win it’ll be over.” Haskell, who played under Warren Gatland on the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand, pointed out the quality of Wales’ backroom staff.

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a smiling man wearing a yellow shirt: Mike Tindall © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Mike Tindall “I genuinely think, though, if any coaching staff can do it - Warren Gatland, Robin McBryde, Shaun Edwards and Stephen Jones, they have this knack of coming together under pressure,” admitted Haskell.

“They love being the underdog, they love doing things their way, keeping closed ranks. “You’d like to dismiss it and think they haven’t got a chance but in the back of your mind you’re like ‘s*** they actually could’. “If that happens I’m just going to pretend I never played rugby.” Tindall, who helped England to World Cup glory in 2003, dismissed Wales’ chances.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: England's James Haskell is tackled by Wales replacement Taulupe Faletau and skipper Alun Wyn Jones at the Principality Stadium © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited England's James Haskell is tackled by Wales replacement Taulupe Faletau and skipper Alun Wyn Jones at the Principality Stadium Wales scored 17 tries in the Pool stage and winger Josh Adams was the tournament’s joint top try scorer after the first four matches. But Tindall insisted Wales’ attack will let them down. He did, however, reveal that he has promised to wear a Wales jersey on the day of the final if Gatland’s men make it there. “The only thing I don’t like about Wales is their attack,” he said.

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“They’ve got team spirit and everything else but they can’t score tries unless they do a cross field kick on a penalty advantage or they pick and go for 35 phases. “They’ll beat France, then they’ll come up against South Africa and I just don’t think they’ll beat them. “If they did, I have promised someone that I will go out in a Welsh jersey for the final.

“I have brought the Welsh jersey from when we beat them in 2003, so at least I will still feel good about myself.”

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