Growing Wales depth ahead of 2019 World Cup pleases Gatland

Growing Wales depth ahead of 2019 World Cup pleases Gatland

"It's a tough competition to win, and you need a bit of luck".

"I don't think he will go on tour in the summer", Gatland said.

The 32-year-old's situation is made easier because he is on a National Dual Contract with the Ospreys - which he extended on Friday - and the Wales management can work out a plan with the region.

Wales failed to score a point after the 30th minute, leaving head coach Warren Gatland with plenty to contemplate ahead of summer appointments with South Africa and Argentina.

He will then use the November Tests as a "conditioning" phase, concentrating on replicating World Cup conditions and developing skills, rather than usual intense rugby sessions.

"It is about us managing him over the next 18 months", said Gatland.

'They never looked like scoring a try against France in the first game, did they?' he added.

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"The thing with Ireland is that they've got a very structured approach to the way that they play", Gatland said.

Wales, despite the odd charge from outstanding number eight Taulupe Faletau, could not establish any kind of territorial foothold in the French half, and even with 20 minutes to go, it looked as though they were hanging on.

After the interval saw the French continue to stamp their authority on proceedings, and they were awarded a penalty try after Wales wing Jasmine Joyce was sin-binned for tackling a player off the ball.

"You've got to stay in that arm wrestle with Ireland, but credit to them because they have done exceptionally well and congratulations to Joe [head coach Joe Schmidt] and the team for winning the Grand Slam".

Warren Gatland has acknowledged Ireland are now the best team in the northern hemisphere after their Six Nations triumph.

'But this is a tough tournament to win.

The victory, though, also meant that England finished fifth in this season's Six Nations on the back of successive defeats against Scotland, France and Ireland.

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