Wales plotting confusion to unlock their most potent weapons at Rugby World Cup

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When it comes to Wales’ World Cup preparations under Warren Gatland, the narrative has always revolved around one thing: fitness.

Speak to anyone who was present in 2011 and they’ll shudder at the mention of Poland. Members of the 2015 and 2019 camp would be only too aware of the beastings coming up in Switzerland and Turkey.

In recent weeks, training sessions have been described by the Welsh Rugby Union’s own website as ‘brutal’, while Gatland has said he won’t be apologising for pushing players ‘to the limit’.

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There’s been SAS-style training and things will only be ramped up as Wales go from mini-camps to full-on training camps away from the Vale of Glamorgan.

Wales, particularly given the early start of the mini-camps following the regions’ premature finishes last season, have a long, long time to get the fitness right.

Conversely, they have a long, long time to work on those rugby fundamentals as well.

Gatland has always made a point of emphasising that coaching hours in regular campaigns are somewhat limited. However, World Cup summers are different.

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