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Wales duo Liam Williams and Samson Lee on course to perform in Rugby World Cup opener

By Andrew Baldock

Liam Williams and Samson Lee are set to give Wales a welcome double boost by being available for the World Cup opener against Uruguay on Sunday week.

Wales were left reeling following last weekend's final tournament warm-up appointment with Italy when full-back Leigh Halfpenny (knee) and scrum-half Rhys Webb (foot) both suffered serious injuries and were subsequently ruled out of World Cup contention.

But the medical bulletin is a great deal brighter surrounding back-three man Williams and scrummaging powerhouse Lee, who took no part during Wales' three World Cup preparation matches while they continued their respective recoveries from foot and Achilles problems.

"Samson and Liam have taken a full part in training," Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said. "Samson has taken a full part in scrummaging as well, and he has continued to do that.

"Time on the rugby field is pretty important to any professional player, and the length of time both those players have been out, you can expect them to be likely starting against Uruguay in that first game."

Howley also reported that lock Alun-Wyn Jones was "fine" after he tweaked a knee during the victory over Ireland in Dublin.

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