Australia coach Eddie Jones warns against taking Wales lightly

Eddie Jones replaced Dave Rennie as head coach of Australia earlier this year
Eddie Jones replaced Dave Rennie as head coach of Australia earlier this year

Australia head coach Eddie Jones insisted that the Wallabies will not be taking Wales lightly when the two teams lock horns with each other in the Pool C Rugby World Cup clash in September.

Wales have been undergoing a tough phase that included a defeat to Georgia last year following which Warren Gatland returned back to the reins replacing head coach Wayne Pivac.

Despite Gatland's return, Wales finished fifth in the Six Nations tournament earlier in the year but Gatland's stupendous success with the side during his tenure between 2008 and 2019 in which the side went on to three Six Nations Grand Slam titles while also reaching the semi-final in the 2011 and 2015 World Cup editions makes them formidable according to Jones.

“They’ve had a tough Six Nations but sometimes a tough Six Nations can be almost the ideal preparation for a World Cup,” he told the BBC.

“You work out what you haven’t done well. You work out maybe some selection issues and then you go into the World Cup with a renewed focus and a renewed purpose.

“That’s the danger of Wales, they’ll get that. They’ve got one of the most experienced Welsh coaches of all time in Warren Gatland and we know he’s a very successful coach.

“He’s got a great track record at the World Cup, so we know it’s going to be a very difficult game.”

Australia's World Cup game against Wales has been scheduled on 24th September in Lyon with Fiji, Georgia and Portugal being the other teams in the group.