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Hallam Amos close to getting a dream call-up for World Cup

By Andrew Baldock

Medical student Hallam Amos could be just what the doctor ordered from Wales boss Warren Gatland's perspective.

The 20-year-old Newport Gwent Dragons prospect will make his second Test match appearance when Wales launch their World Cup warm-up programme against Ireland at a sold-out Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Toulon star Leigh Halfpenny might be a certainty as Wales' starting World Cup full-back, but Liam Williams, equally adept in full-back and wing positions at the highest level, is currently battling a foot injury that could threaten his tournament participation.

While the main microscope will be focused on uncapped quartet Eli Walker, Tyler Morgan, Dominic Day and Ross Moriarty this weekend, Amos' appearance in the number 15 shirt could ultimately prove the most significant development as Wales' World Cup countdown continues.

"Hallam hasn't had many opportunities," Gatland said. "We feel he can play on the wing or at full-back, where he gives us a left-foot option.

"In training, I couldn't believe how good his footwork was. It took me by surprise.

"We've seen some of the tries he has scored with the Dragons and some of the off-loads he has put in. He got better as the season went on last season, and I am looking forward to seeing how he goes.

"It is a great chance for him, particularly if Liam doesn't come through from his injury. We have to make sure we have that full-back position covered if Leigh picks up an injury or breaks down."

Amos said: "It's a huge game on Saturday. Shaun Edwards (Wales defence coach) spoke earlier this week about how it's not often your first game of your season is possibly your biggest.

"It's a massive opportunity, especially for all us youngsters who haven't played as much."

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