Sunday 20 October 2019

Experience key against Georgia's big men - Edwards

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Edwards: "We have been preparing for this for a very long time – two years in the making." Photo: Sportsfile

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Shaun Edwards believes experience will be a key ingredient for Wales as they prepare to launch their World Cup campaign.

A build-up that Wales assistant coach Edwards says has been "two years in the making" ends when the Six Nations champions tackle Pool D opponents Georgia this morning.

Wales will field their oldest starting line-up for a World Cup game, with an average age of 28 years and 331 days, and Edwards has no doubt it is a priceless commodity.

"We are more experienced - definitely more experienced," Edwards said, when asked to contrast 2019 with previous World Cup campaigns that have involved him.

"I was told that this is the most experienced XV we have played at a Rugby World Cup. We have been preparing for this for a very long time - two years in the making.

"We know they (Georgia) will be well-prepared, and physically they look like they are in good shape as well.

"They are big men and they are going to be physical, but so are we. We're not coming here to make up the numbers."

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