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Wales are covering balls to get ready at the Rugby World Cup in Japan for humidity.
The technique is just one of a number attempted on Monday, 23 September in Tokyo City for their Pool D tournament opener against Georgia as Wales build-up.
“We have been utilizing wet chunks and already been using baby oil on them as well,” said coach Warren Gatland.
“We have taped them up as well, and we’ve already been through that process in the [training] camps we had.”
Gatland says preparations in Turkey and Switzerland have been meant to assist his players deal with the states in Japan.
“We have been into two camps at which one was in altitude and it was really hot in Switzerland, then it was that the late 30s at Turkey,” he said.
“We’ve done as much as possible in terms of dealing with the heat.
“I think that the humidity is going to be a variable. With the subsequent kick-offs those temperatures will fall to about 20 degrees, although you can observe it is.
“It’s going to be a good deal cooler, however, the challenge then will be the humidity and dealing with a slippery ball. It is how we deal with that.
“The players who’ve already been around New Zealand will have gotten that. I come from Hamilton, it cluttered there.
“We all know what it is like and we’ve got players that have undergone a lot of night rugby, therefore we feel we’ve prepared well. We’re looking ahead ”
Wales play with Uruguay, Fiji and Australia as they challenge for the quarter-finals in the final effort of Gatland in charge after confronting Georgia.
Watch Eddie Butler’s Rugby World Cup trailer, BBC One Wales, Monday, 16 September, 20:30 BST and afterwards on demand.
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