ALUN WYN JONES
The inspirational captain keeps the pack well organised and is the tipping point between winning and losing the forward battle such is his imposing presence. Shows up all over the pitch and is an outstanding line-out option. The 33-year-old has the experience and class to inspire Gatland’s side to glory.
The Cardiff man could be one of the stand-out players of the tournament if Wales go well in Japan. If a match is going down to the wire, you can bet on Navidi’s never-say-die attitude to earn Wales a late penalty or provide his backs with quality frontfoot ball. He disrupts ball at the breakdown and tackles his heart out at every opportunity. A colossal figure.
Without Gareth Anscombe to provide the spark from No10 due to injury, Biggar will keep the back-line ticking during the World Cup. The 29-year-old has the control and accurate kicking game to put the Dragons into formidable scoring opportunities. Will relish the pressure of carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.
One of the best players in the Northern Hemisphere, North could step into any team with little fuss. It’s hard to believe he’s still only 27 – and his ability to eye gaps and produce magic with every touch has seen him evolve into one of the game’s most influential players.
With 40 tries in 89 caps, the powerful Ospreys wingers will be key to Gatland’s side flourishing in Japan.
An immaculate player. The Saracens man has taken his game to another level since the Lions Tour in 2017. He is supreme in the air, can counter attack from deep and defends well. Looks promising with ball in hand and has the pace and quality footwork to evade defenders and put team-mates in favourable attacking positions. One of the best in the business.