Former Wales rugby international Rhys Williams says the Autumn's World Cup shows the country has "more world class players than anticipated."
Reflecting on the tournament, which saw Warren Gatland's men reach the quarter finals stages before losing out to South Africa, Williams claimed that the raft of injuries suffered by the Wales squad revealed an unexpected depth of talent.
"We're a young squad compared with a lot of international sides. They'll have had that experience now in this World Cup, and I think it can only be a positive looking forward. Whether success comes in 2016, we can definitely look forward with excitement to 2018."
Wales had to cope with the pre-tournament loss of scrum half Rhys Webb and Lions pair Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies.
Added to the casualty list after the action kicked off were centres Scott Williams and Cory Allen, winger Hallam Amos and full back or winger Liam Williams.
But despite those setbacks, Wales still managed to escape the so called "Group of Death" of Pool A and reach the last 8, beating England, Fiji and Uruguay along the way.