Campo expects early Wales exit

Wales fansAustralia legend David Campese believes Wales’ (14/1 2015 World Cup outright) inability to deal with the pressure of beating the big teams will see them eliminated in the opening stages of the 2015 World Cup.

Warren Gatland’s men have been drawn in the so-called ‘Pool of Death’ alongside Australia and England and with only two nations going through, the tournament will lose one of its biggest names before the knockout stages.

Despite their contrasting fortunes during the summer Tests, both the Red Rose and the Wallabies are being tipped as possible winners of the competition but questions still remain over the mental strength of the Welsh.

Although they have arguably the most talented squad in the British Isles, the Gatland’s side have beaten one of the big three Southern Hemisphere nations just once since he took over in 2007 and there now appears to be a significant mental block within the camp.

The cutthroat nature of the World Cup often means that just a single defeat can cost you a place in the last eight and Campese, who won the competition with Australia (9/1 2015 World Cup outright) in 1991, believes it will be his home nation and hosts England (7/2 joint second favourite) who will emerge from Pool A, with him tipping them to possibly go on to win the tournament.

“It’s such a tough a pool and whoever comes out of the top of that group will probably go onto win the World Cup,” he told Wales Online. “This is because they will have hard games where New Zealand and South Africa could go through from their pool with easier matches. You have three top teams there in that group with Wales, England and Australia.

“They all have the added pressure of knowing they have to finish in the top two otherwise that’s it for them. I obviously hope it will be Australia and I think they will be joined by England.”

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