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Explosive Kolbe will pose massive threat: Edwards

Wales v South Africa, Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, Yokahama, Sunday, 9.00am

By Andrew Baldock

Shaun Edwards has likened South Africa dangerman Cheslin Kolbe to England World Cup winner and try machine Jason Robinson.

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The 5ft 7in Springboks wing presents a huge threat to Wales in Sunday's World Cup semi-final clash having scored seven tries in 13 Tests and added an extra attacking dimension to South Africa's physical approach.

"If you want to watch a game of rugby, you want to go and watch Cheslin Kolbe," Wales defence coach Edwards said. "We will have to keep an eye on him. He is one of the most dynamic players I've ever seen.

"I was lucky enough to play with Jason Robinson for many years. I was his captain at Wigan when he first came into the team. Kolbe is a similar player to Jason - incredibly explosive, short and defies the fact that you have to be big to play rugby.

"Out wide, (South Africa) have got incredible speed. If there was a 4x100m relay race with all the teams in the World Cup, they would be the fastest. They've got blowtorch speed on the edges."

Cardiff Blues wing Owen Lane, meanwhile, has been called into Wales' World Cup squad as replacement for injured back-row forward Josh Navidi.

The 21-year-old made his Test debut during Wales' World Cup warm-up games, and scored a try against Ireland in Cardiff.

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The Welsh Rugby Union confirmed Lane was due to arrive in Japan, with Navidi sidelined for the remainder of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

For Edwards, Sunday's game will be his second World Cup semi-final as part of Wales' coaching staff, having seen France edge them 9-8 in 2011.

"This is where you want to be," he added. "If you are not excited by this, you are in the wrong game."

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