Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam has a desire to coach Wales, likening their natural rugby talent to New Zealand’s.
“I’m amazed with the ability of Welsh rugby players. There’s lots of young players coming through with quality skills,” Lam told the BBC’s Scrum V podcast.
“I’m not advertising or trying to get a job but I would love to coach the Welsh rugby team.”
He added: “I honestly believe Wales can win a World Cup, if they play the right game. That’s why there’s a lot of hope with Wayne Pivac and the style he wants to do.
“He’s got to make sure he’s got the style that can send Wales to another level, given the right time.
“It’s the style they can play. With certain guys it’s more difficult and more work, but they can take their game to another level I believe.
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“I always say you have to have a game to beat anybody in the world, but you need the players to play, and have the staff to get the players to play it, and grow their skills.
“When you look at New Zealand they start from a better place with their natural ability and that’s the same way I think about Wales.
“If you get the right game you’ve got to be thinking about being number one in the world.”
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LIST | 5 players from abroad who could be capped by England in the future
These five have shown enough ability or promise to suggest they may be future England stars in waiting.
Foreign-born stars, such as Nathan Hughes and the Vunipola brothers, have already shown how integral they can be for the Red Rose after making the step up to International rugby.
Here are five players who could pull on the white jersey in the future:
1. Ruan Ackermann – Gloucester (South Africa)
His Dad Johan Ackermann, who departed as Gloucester boss for Japan earlier this month, confirmed that his son will be staying with the Cherry & Whites to persue international honours, and has already been in contact with Eddie Jones. The imposing number eight qualify for England on residency grounds in August 2020 — just four months before World Rugby’s new eligibility laws kick in.