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Published 26/09/2015

The Wales team celebrate victory on the final whistle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
The Wales team celebrate victory on the final whistle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Captain Chris Robshaw (2L) and Mako Vunipola of England look dejected in defeat as Wales players celebrate after the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Dan Biggar of Wales celebrates kicking the winning penalty with Gareth Davies of Wales during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. David Rogers/Getty Images
The Wales team wait for the result of their first try of the game during the Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Wales' Gareth Davies dives in to score a try during the Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Wales' centre Scott Williams receives medical attention during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
Wales' centre Scott Williams is brought off the pitch during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham stadium. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
England's centre Sam Burgess is tackled during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham stadium. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
Wales' fly half Dan Biggar kicks a penalty during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
England's wing Jonny May celebrates with England's centre Sam Burgess after scoring a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
England's wing Jonny May celebrates with England's flanker and captain Chris Robshaw , England's centre Sam Burgess and England's scrum half Ben Youngs after scoring a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
England's centre Sam Burgess is tackled during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham stadium. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
England's fly half Owen Farrell kicks a penalty during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
Wales' lock Alun Wyn Jones catches the ball in a line out against England's lock Geoff Parling during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham stadium. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNI
England's flanker Tom Wood reaches to block a kick by Wales' scrum half Gareth Davies during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Wales at Twickenham stadium. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Prince Harry, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge before the Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge sing the National Anthem during the Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium. PRESS ASSOCIATION
An England fan with a painted face enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Wales observe the national anthem during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium. Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images
England players line up prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Tom Wood of England and Taulupe Faletau of Wales go up for the high ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
An England supporter looks on outside Twickenham stadium, London, prior to a Pool A match. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
England supporters pose outside Twickenham stadium, south west London, prior to a Pool A match of the Rugby World Cup between England and Wales. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE
England fan Oliver Pearson at the Fanzone in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Wales fan Nici Jones at the Fanzone in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
England fans Will Butcher (left) and Tom Webster (right) with Wales supporter James Betteley at the Fanzone in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
England fan Sophie Figgins at the Fanzone in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
England fan Lianne Bristol (left) and Wales fan Heledd Jones at the Fanzone in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
England fans Will Butcher (left) and Tom Webster at the Fanzone in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Rhys Priestland kicks the ball upfield during the Wales captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on September 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Dan Biggar of Wales practices his kicking technique during the Wales captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on September 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
England's Sam Burgess during a training session at Twickenham Stadium, London. Mike Egerton/PA Wire
England's head coach Stuart Lancaster and forwards coach Graham Rowntree look on during the Captain's Run training session at Twickenham Stadium. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
Wales' back row and captiain Sam Warburton takes part in a training session at the Hazelwood training centre in London on September 25, 2015 during the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
England's Sam Burgess during a Rugby World Cup training session at Twickenham Stadium, London. Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England's World Cup hopes were dealt a crushing blow as Wales pulled off a remarkable second-half fight-back to beat the hosts 28-25 at Twickenham.

England's World Cup hopes were dealt a crushing blow as Wales pulled off a remarkable second-half fight-back to beat the hosts 28-25 at Twickenham.

Jonny May's try put England 16-9 up at half-time and the Red Rose led throughout the second half, but a converted try from Gareth Davies nine minutes from time pulled Wales level before Dan Biggar kicked a late penalty to complete an incredible turnaround.

The victory puts Wales firmly in charge of Pool A while realistically England will now need to beat Australia next Saturday if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

After a tentative spell, Wales suddenly sparked into life as George North left two defenders in his wake with a brilliant run through midfield but England broke out under pressure, as Watson drew a sprint race with Hallam Amos, which the Wales man just won to avert danger.

Wales lost key players with 15 minutes remaining as Scott Williams and Liam Williams both departed on stretchers while Amos was escorted down the tunnel with what looked like a problem with his arm.

England capitalised, as Farrell kicked his side into a seven-point lead, but just as they looked on the brink of victory Wales stunned the home side with a try, Gareth Davies latching on to a Lloyd Williams' kick and diving over.

Biggar converted to draw level at 25-25 with nine minutes left, but the drama was far from over as Wales earned a penalty on the halfway line, which the Red Dragon's number 10 drove high, hard and over the posts to claim an unlikely lead.

England rallied in the final moments, pushing forward for one last score, but Wales held on to inflict a devastating defeat on their fiercest rivals.

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