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Celebrities and sports stars hail Wales' World Cup win over England

A host of celebrities and sporting figures have hailed the Wales team following their stunning World Cup triumph over England.

Injury-ravaged Wales battled back from 10 points behind to overcome the home side 28-25 at Twickenham on Saturday night, prompting a rapturous reaction from some big names.

Avengers star Samuel L Jackson had some words of comfort for England captain Chris Robshaw, who came under fire after the tournament hosts opted to kick for touch in the hope of scoring a match-winning try rather than attempt a draw-salvaging shot at goal from a late penalty.

Jackson tweeted: "Tough but epic game @ChrisRobshaw. Still all to play for against Oz. Hope Wales can get backline together for Fiji!"

Welsh actor Michael Sheen could not hide his joy, saying: "What unbelievable character! Mighty. Costly. Unforgettable. So proud!"

"I'm still running round the kitchen," he later added.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale posted a picture of himself pointing at the Pool A table, which Wales now sit top of. He said: "What a game!! Come on Wales."

Singer Katherine Jenkins, who is pregnant with her first child, posted: "I'm not sure all this excitement is good for someone in my condition!"

There was no post-match reaction from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who supported Wales, or Prince Harry, who was backing England.

But England's 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning hero Jonny Wilkinson was gracious, praising Wales' kicker Dan Biggar in particular.

He said: "Respect + congrats to Wales for a great win. Thought Dan Biggar was phenomenal. Having played against him, I know he deserves all of it."

Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo said: "Credit where credit is due. Well done to Wales. Gutsy, spirited performance amidst a host of injuries too. We let that one slip away!"

But former Australia cricketer Shane Warne twisted the knife ahead of England's crucial clash with the Wallabies next week.

He said: "Congrats Wales, even sweeter when Australia Smash England next week & knock them out of the tournament hahah ... Dry your eyes England!!"

Even French chef Raymond Blanc waded in, tweeting: "Oh I cannot believe it .Wales ,with all their injuries won on home turf!What a game ! My English friends Are lost for words so my Welsh one."


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