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Wales defy the injuries to keep their World Cup dream alive

Published 27/09/2015

Leigh Halfpenny leaves the Millennium Stadium pitch after suffering a serious knee injury against Italy three weeks ago
Leigh Halfpenny leaves the Millennium Stadium pitch after suffering a serious knee injury against Italy three weeks ago

Wales' World Cup injury curse shows no sign of lifting, despite them taking a sizeable step towards the quarter-finals through Saturday night's 28-25 victory over host nation England.

Centre Scott Williams (knee), wing Hallam Amos (shoulder) and full-back Liam Williams (concussion) are the latest concerns, with Wales facing a rapid turnaround before facing Pool A opponents Fiji in Cardiff next Thursday.

Here, Press Association Sport chronicles Wales' debilitating number of injury setbacks.


The Clermont Auvergne centre, a British and Irish Lions Test player in Australia two years ago, suffered World Cup agony in May when he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament during Clermont's game against Montpellier, ruling him out of the tournament.


Wales' full-back star and prolific points-scorer was dealt a World Cup knockout blow in the final warm-up game against Italy three weeks ago, departing the Millennium Stadium on a stretcher after damaging knee ligaments. Faces a battle to play again this season.


The Ospreys scrum-half was hurt in the same game as Halfpenny, suffering a serious foot injury that required surgery. He could now be sidelined for the rest of this season, and might even be a doubt for Wales' tour to New Zealand next summer.


Became only the fifth Wales international to score a World Cup hat-trick of tries when Uruguay were beaten 54-9 at the Millennium Stadium last Sunday, but his luck then changed completely as he was forced off nursing a serious hamstring injury, ending his World Cup campaign.


The Ospreys wing missed out on Wales' initial 31-man World Cup squad, but he was then called up as replacement for Halfpenny, only to be released from the squad himself a week later due to a hamstring injury.


Full details of the Scarlets centre's knee injury suffered in the second half of Wales' win against England are still to be released - but the signs do not look good after he was carried off. Looks set to deliver head coach Warren Gatland another major blow.


The Newport Gwent Dragons wing, who was preferred to Alex Cuthbert for the England game, suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder at Twickenham. Like Williams, it would appear highly unlikely that he will play any further part in the World Cup.


The Scarlets full-back missed much of Wales' tournament preparations due to a foot injury, and he then suffered concussion at Twickenham after England flanker Tom Wood's swinging leg made contact with Williams' head. Unlikely to be tournament-ending, but he could be a doubt for two crucial pool games against Fiji and Australia.


The New Zealand-born Cardiff Blues back suffered an ankle injury during pre-World Cup training, which meant he was not considered for the final squad. Could now be nearing full fitness, though, and might well be on the radar if Wales have to make further replacements.


The Ospreys prop experienced a tight calf muscle during the Uruguay game, and he was not involved in the matchday 23 against England at Twickenham. Could be back on the scene against Fiji later this week, but only time will tell.

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