Gatland not worried about RWC draw chances
Updated: Friday, 30 Nov 2012 11:11
Warren Gatland has adopted a philosophical approach to the fate that could await Wales in next Monday's 2015 Rugby World Cup pool draw (Live on www.RTÉ.ie/sport, 2.50pm).
Defeat against Millennium Stadium visitors Australia on Saturday would relegate Wales outside the world's top-eight ranked teams and into tier three for draw purposes.
It could mean that Gatland's Wales are drawn in the same five-nation group as New Zealand and England, for example, South Africa and Ireland or Australia and Argentina. Either way, it increases Wales' degree of difficulty.
They did it the hard way in New Zealand last year, reaching the semi-finals despite being grouped with South Africa and Samoa, and Wales head coach Gatland is not getting worked up about possible scenarios.
"If anyone is looking at us, when it comes around to 2015 and having had the preparation time together, I don't think any team particularly fancies getting Wales in their group," he said.
"We will just see what happens on Monday. We were in a really tough group last time. It is luck of the draw.
"Whatever happens, you are probably going to end up with three pretty tough teams in your group."
Gatland has made four changes - all up-front - for the Wallabies encounter as Wales strive to avoid a seventh successive defeat against all opponents and eighth on the bounce to Australia.