Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes the upcoming Six Nations campaign will be tough as teams use it to prepare for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Wales will line up against England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6 as the two nations get their competition underway.
The Red Dragons have also been drawn in the same pool as England at the World Cup and they will meet at Twickenham in September.
England will be returning to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium for the first time since a record-breaking 30-2 loss brought an end to their hopes of sealing a 27th title last year.
Stuart Lancaster’s men will be keen to avenge that defeat and Gatland believes every nation will be playing hard in order to get things right ahead of the World Cup later this year.
The Kiwi admitted that if his side can battle to a victory it will provide a big boost in terms of confidence, however he stressed it could be a difficult period if they come off on the wrong end of the result.
Gatland said: ‘It’s going to be a really tough Six Nations.
“Win that first game (against England), and you get confidence and we go away to Scotland, win that and you can win the tournament. Lose that first game, and then all of a sudden the game in Edinburgh is looking really tough as well.
“But the long-term goal is working towards the World Cup.”