SPEEDSTER Louis Rees-Zammit has lauded the pace in the Wales squad as he closes in on his inaugural World Cup campaign and hopes to emulate the success of one team mate in particular.

“We’ve got some very quick players – Rio, Josh, the whole back three. Mason Grady is rapid as well and the nines are very quick. We have got great pace in this squad,” the Gloucester winger said.

With 27 Wales caps and a Lions tour to his name, the 22-year-old has considerable experience to draw on before Gatland’s men play their tournament opener against Fiji on September 10.

“I feel quite experienced at such a young age. Being on a Lions tour was amazing but being at a World Cup for your country is really special as well,” said Rees-Zammit, who hails from Penarth.

South Wales Argus: Rees-Zammit in Lions action (Credit: Steve Haag/PA)Rees-Zammit in Lions action (Credit: Steve Haag/PA) (Image: Steve Haag/PA)

Cardiff winger Josh Adams, who triumphed as top try-scorer at the 2019 World Cup, has been particularly useful inspiration for Rees-Zammit in the build-up to France.

“Josh helps me massively, doing analysis and making me learn the game better,” Rees-Zammit said. “He was the stand-out player at the last World Cup. To be able to train and play with him day in, day out, is so special.

“I would have never thought I would have gone to a World Cup, so I am absolutely over the moon to have this opportunity. I’ve got to take it now.

“I feel so fit now. I am ready to perform, I am ready to play. We are all ready to go.”