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Fans heartbroken as Wales crash out

Welsh rugby fans have been left drowning their sorrows after their team narrowly missed out on reaching the world cup final in a thrilling match against France.

The principality was buzzing with the excitement ahead of the crunch contest in Auckland.

Around 65,000 fans packed out the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to watch the match on giant TV screens - more than the number of supporters witnessing the game first hand in New Zealand.

The Welsh team faced an uphill battle after their captain Sam Warburton was controversially sent off after 18 minutes.

And hopes of Wales reaching their first Rugby World Cup final were agonisingly dashed, losing by just one point in a 9-8 defeat.

Despite the heartbreak, Wales's First Minister Carwyn Jones said the country's team had done the nation proud.

He said: "The team's achievement has been magnificent. It's a marathon effort to get to the last four and the whole nation is proud of them.

"The rugby squad are great ambassadors for our country on and off the field."


From Belfast Telegraph