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Gatland's men tipped for World Cup glory

Last Updated: 14/10/11 12:17pm

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Skysports.com readers believe previously unfancied Wales can pull off a massive shock and lift the Rugby World Cup.

Warren Gatland's men were a 50/1 shot on the eve of the tournament but, after seeing off Ireland in the quarter-finals, 43 per cent of you taking part in our poll believe they can now claim the ultimate prize.

In a further vote of confidence for Wales ahead of their semi-final with France in Auckland on Saturday only 7 per cent of you believe Les Bleus have what it takes to win the tournament.

You also tip Wales to face hosts New Zealand in next Sunday's final with 37 per cent in our poll tipping them for outright glory and only 13 per cent for semi-final opponents and arch rivals Australia.

Online bookmakers Sky Bet make Wales odds on favourites at 4/6 to do what England couldn't and show France the tournament exit door.

In a special "What if ...The Welsh Dragons roar?" market they offer 14/1 that flying wingers George North and Shane Williams both touchdown in the semi-final.

In the second semi-final on Sunday New Zealand are 4/11 with the Wallabies a 2/1 shot.

Overall the bookies are convinced the southern hemisphere will rule world rugby with the All Blacks clear favourites at 4/6 to lift the trophy, Australia are second in the market at 9/2 with Wales 5/1 and France the outsiders at 7/1.

Sky Bet's Chris Smart said: "All the money we have seen in this game is for Wales, with punters clearly putting their money where their mouths are.

"Wales are our worst outright result by far. We could be looking at a monumental loss if the Welsh lads can bring the trophy back to the Land of Their Fathers.

"They are definite runners for this and we are very respectful of their chances.Their abundance of talented youngsters means it could be a long time before they go off double figures to win a World Cup, let alone 50/1."

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