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Spirits are high among Wales squad, says Samson Lee

By Andrew Baldock

Published 06/10/2015

Working hard: Samson Lee
Working hard: Samson Lee

Samson Lee has revealed talk of ghostly goings-on at Wales' World Cup hotel in Surrey. The 19th Century Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge is known for tales regarding sightings of the so-called 'grey lady' in a crinoline dress, while room 1313 has a history of guests reporting temperature changes and the feeling of a 'presence'.

The hotel, which dates back to 1856, stands on the site of the Tudor royal palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

"A few boys think they've seen a ghost, but I'm not sure they actually have,'' Wales prop Lee said. "I think it's best to stay away from room 1313.

"It has been discussed and (flanker) Dan Lydiate isn't happy about it. He actually thinks he's seen a ghost, but I think he's dreaming.''

Any cheerful paranoia about the paranormal, though, will certainly not hinder preparations for Saturday's World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham, with Welsh spirits high after booking a last-eight place.

Unbeaten Wales know that victory over the Wallabies - a feat they have not accomplished since 2008 - would see them progress as top seeds and into a probable quarter-final appointment with Scotland or Japan.

But defeat to Australia, and Wales' path looks set to be blocked by two-time World Cup winners South Africa.

The scrum contest will be a vital against the Aussies, and Lee said: "They are getting back to the basics in the scrum, and are going really well.

"We improved from the England game against Fiji. We've just got to work on our little things which are very fixable.''

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