Davies hails 'wonderful' Wales

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Wales great Gerald Davies has showered praise on the country's Rugby World Cup heroes, claiming: "These players do not understand fear."

Davies, a try-scoring star during the 1970s golden era for Welsh rugby, will be at Eden Park on Saturday when Wales meet World Cup semi-final opponents France.

"This is a young side that is eager, and they are playing some lovely rugby," Davies said. "They are hugely competitive, a wonderful team playing rugby in every game."

Wales have arrived in the last four after reeling off successive wins against Samoa, Namibia, Fiji and Ireland. It is already their best World Cup campaign since 1987.

Davies added: "What I like about them is that whereas in the past Welsh teams would have scored, say, 25-30 points against Namibia and Fiji, this team showed the difference and went on to score more than 80 and 60 points, respectively, against them.

"This is the best I've seen from a Welsh team playing well, and when they won the (Six Nations) Grand Slam in 2005 and 2008, this side has taken a step beyond that with the way they are playing.

"These players don't understand fear. They play some delightful rugby, and so far they have gone a stage further from anything that has been achieved in the past."

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