Six Nations: Wales returns to stun England 21-13
Former captain Sam Warburton says Wales players feed on the confidence and confidence of boss Warren Gatland ahead of the big-ticket games.
Gatland promised that his team would be a "different animal" at Saturday's decisive match between Six Nations and England. Wales won 21-13.
"If he tells you that you are going to do something, you really believe that you are going to do it," Warburton said.
"More often than not, when he says something, it works."
Speaking of the Rugby Union Weekly podcast, the great Welsh Warburton, who has retired last year after winning 74 caps, "he sincerely believes he can beat anyone and everyone during his day, and the players feed on that confidence.
"It's definitely his best trait as head coach, he's changed Wales, considered an underdog in 2008, to expect to be a favorite.
"He really has to believe boys, he has changed psychology."
Gatland "plants a World Cup seed"
Wales outshot England in the World Rugby standings after Saturday's victory at Six Nations in Cardiff
Wales was not convincing about his wins over France and Italy, but he had a great performance in the second half at Cardiff to keep his hopes of Grand Slam alive and break England's.
"When it's really important, I wondered if they could win those big games," Gatland said.
Although Warburton downplayed the idea that England did not keep its promises on the big stage, he explained that Gatland's comments were carefully calculated.
"England beat us five times in a row [in the Six Nations]. I would not call the bottlers of England, he has a little fun, "added the 30-year-old.
"But he's very adept at making ads in the press and influencing the public image of Wales or the team they play at – he meticulously plans what he's going to say.
"It could come back to put some pressure on an opposing team at the World Cup."
The former English winger, Ugo Monye, also thinks that Gatland's remarks were taken into account for this year's tournament in Japan, with Wales and England being potentially opposed in quarter-finals. final.
"I think potentially that he is sowing a seed for the World Cup," Monye added in Rugby Union Weekly.
"He's just throwing it away, and saying, 'Remember it.' Because it will be high [come the World Cup].
"It adds a little pressure and waiting."
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