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Wales are covering soccer chunks to get ready for humidity in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The method is just one of a number tried on Monday to their Pool D tournament opener against Georgia as Wales build-up.
“We’ve been using wet balls and already been using baby oil onto them too,” said coach Warren Gatland.
“We’ve taped them up too, and we’ve already been through that procedure from the [training] camps we’d.”
Gatland says preparations in Switzerland and Turkey have been meant to assist his players cope with the states in Japan.
“We have been into two camps at which one was in elevation and it was really hot in Switzerland, then it was the late 30s at Turkey,” he said.
“We have done as much as we possibly can in terms of dealing with the warmth.
“I feel that the humidity is going to be a factor. You can observe it is, but with the subsequent kick-offs those temperatures will fall to approximately 20 degrees.
“It is definitely going to be a lot cooler, however, the battle then will be the warmth and dealing with a slick ball. It’s how we deal with that.
“The players who’ve already been around New Zealand will have undergone that. I come from Hamilton, it humid there.
“We all know what it is like and we’ve got players who have experienced a great deal of night rugby, so we feel we’ve prepared well. We’re looking ahead ”
After confronting Georgia, Wales play Australia, Fiji and Uruguay as they challenge for the quarter-finals at Gatland campaign.
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