Wales: We still believe
Lock Alun-Wyn Jones insists Wales are building up to the World Cup, despite their poor record under Gareth Jenkins.
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 13/08/07 9:44am
Lock Alun-Wyn Jones insists Wales can spring a surprise at the World Cup, despite their poor record under coach Gareth Jenkins.
The versatile second-rower has been named alongside captain Gareth Thomas, Stephen Jones, Michael Owen, Jonathan Thomas and Dwayne Peel on Wales' new six-man leadership panel.
Wales slumped to a record 62-5 defeat to England last time out though, and have lost 11 of 14 matches under Jenkins.
As they prepare to face Argentina in their penultimate warm-up match on Saturday, Jones is adamant the team are still progressing.
"We know the England game wasn't the best preparation but that is gone now," he said.
"Would it surprise people if we do well? We wouldn't surprise ourselves because I know what we are capable of.
"It's all incremental steps, building towards the start of the World Cup. The physical state is sorted, now it is believing about the cause and ascending to success."
Jones' position on the leadership panel alongside three players who have captained the side suggests he is earmaked as a future skipper.
And the Ospreys star is eager to help improve the team psychologically, ahead of their first meaningful match against Canada on September 9.
"We have a set of guidelines to follow - belief, desire, constructive honesty - and we will need all of those to do well at the World Cup," he added.
"It is important the quality on the pitch is reflected off it. Gareth has chosen us to do that."
The Welsh have been drawn in Pool A for the September tournament, alongside 2003 runners-up Australia, Fiji, Canada and Japan.