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Jamie Roberts admits Wales are hurting after loss of Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb

Jamie Roberts has underlined the deep sense of collective pain felt by Wales' World Cup squad after Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb suffered tournament-ending injuries.

Wales centre Roberts says that full-back Halfpenny faces six months out following the knee injury sustained during last Saturday's final World Cup warm-up Test against Italy.

Scrum-half Webb, meanwhile, was hurt earlier in the same match, suffering a serious foot injury that also looks set to sideline him until next year.

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Wales are barely a week away from their World Cup opener against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium, and they must now move on, putting to one side the loss of two hugely-influential performers.

"It is hard to see your best mates injured badly," 70-times capped Roberts said.

"Watching that game last Saturday was horrible. To fall at the final hurdle is the cruellest thing imaginable. It is difficult, but we are a close-knit bunch and the core of the squad has been together for a while.

"Warren (head coach Warren Gatland) has bred strength in depth to generate competition for places and drive everyone to become better players and people, and he knows there is quality to come in."

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