Wales are favourites to win World Cup - Eddie Jones

England coach Eddie Jones
England coach Eddie Jones

England coach Eddie Jones reckons Wales are among the favourites to lift the World Cup scheduled in Japan next month following their rise to the number one position in World Rugby Rankings.

Warren Gatland's men, who clinched the Grand Slam in Six Nations earlier this year also went on to edge out England 13-6 in last weekend's encounter at Principality Stadium that saw them displace New Zealand in the pole position in the rankings.

"When you go to number one, you're favourites," said Jones after the game.

"It was a fantastic World Cup prep game for us. We found out a little bit about ourselves.

"We had to work hard to get back into the game. We had a number of difficult situations - some of them we handled really well and some of them we didn't handle well."

Meanwhile, Gatland played down the hype surrounding Wales rise to the top of the rankings table and insisted that they are taking one game at a time.

"It's nice for a day but we won't be shouting from the rooftops about it," said Gatland.

"We've got to keep things in perspective. Lots of journalists will be out there saying "this is a joke" - probably Kiwi journalists more than anyone! It's just a number.

"We're not making a big fuss of it. We'll keep it in our pocket and go from week to week."

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