Today’s rugby news as spying row hits World Cup and Warren Gatland admits Wales players have gone to a ‘dark place’

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These are the latest rugby headlines on Wednesday, September 6.

Wales opposed to World Rugby intervention

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is against the idea of proposed water breaks during Rugby World Cup fixtures amid soaring temperatures in France.

The tournament hosts are experiencing soaring temperatures, with World Rugby considering allowing intervals during each half to help sides conquer the heat.

But Gatland believes Wales’ punishing fitness camps in Turkey and Switzerland will stand his side in good stead in the challenging climes.

Wales trained amid temperatures of more than 30 degrees on Tuesday, while the forecast for Sunday’s encounter is for 28 degrees at kick-off, even though the game does not start until 9pm local time.

On whether he is a fan of proposed water breaks during games, Gatland told a press conference: “Not particularly. We like the ball on the park as much as possible. But we are not going to argue, if that’s what’s decided.”

Wales co-captain Dewi Lake said: “We did our hard work out in Turkey. It was a nice little camp out there for a week, it set us up well for here. Hopefully with the 9pm kick-offs, it might be less warm than it is with me sweating in here now! It will affect the opposition as much as it affects us, it’s part of the game but something you have to get through together. But it’s something we’ve been prepared for in Switzerland and Turkey. It’s just about cracking on and doing the job.”

Wales hooker Elliot Dee added: “A couple of boys said that earlier: it’s hot, but it was hotter in Turkey. Exactly our words. We’ve put a lot of effort in over the last 15 weeks, gone through a lot of pain, lot of uncompromising conditions… it’s going to be hot for every team, it’s an even playing field.”

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