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ANS review planned

05.11.22 - Wales v New Zealand - Autumn International Series - General View of the Principality Stadium before the game.

ANS review planned

The Welsh Rugby Union will undertake a pre-planned and regular post-tournament review.

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The review is specifically designed to assess Wales’ performance at the 2022 Autumn Nations Series (ANS) and judge progress against the plan for the 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign.

Wales took on New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia and Australia at Principality Stadium on consecutive weekends this November and welcomed more than a quarter-of-a-million supporters to Cardiff across the four international matches.

A hard-fought victory over the Pumas followed an opening round defeat to the All Blacks, before Georgia disappointingly beat Wayne Pivac’s side for the first time in their history and the Wallabies sealed a final round victory.

WRU CEO Steve Phillips has left no room for interpretation when summing up what he thought of Wales’ debut loss to Georgia and final round defeat to Australia, but he stresses that the proper process must now be followed in order to review the ANS campaign as a whole.

“With no disrespect to Georgia, who are a growing force in the world game, this result was extremely disappointing,” said Phillips.

“We were anticipating a significant improvement against Australia and there was an obvious positive reaction but, again, we are of course disappointed not to have won that game.

“We will now review the Autumn Nation Series campaign in its entirety and in detail, as we always do.

“Upon conclusion of this review we will, of course, act on the outcome as we continue to work towards, the now short-term goal of, success at the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the more immediate 2023 Six Nations competition, but also sustainable longer term success.”

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