CARDIFF – Warren Gatland has mocked suggestions that Wales do not deserve their No 1 world ranking – saying he is happy to sacrifice the spot to satisfy critics at the top of the sport.
Agustin Pichot, World Rugby’s Argentine vice president, labelled his own governing body’s ranking system “ridiculous’, and suggested Wales should not be top dogs having failed to beat New Zealand for 66 years.
Wales rose to No 1 having beaten England in their last World Cup warm-up, and can stay there by beating Ireland at home on Saturday.
But, speaking in the build-up to that match, Gatland laughed at Pichot’s comments.
“I’m quite happy to decline the position,” he joked.