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Wales' World Cup injury woes

Wales' World Cup injury curse shows no sign of lifting, despite them taking a sizeable step towards the quarter-finals through Saturday night's 28-25 victory over host nation England.

Centre Scott Williams (knee) and wing Hallam Amos (shoulder) have become their latest casualties. Here, Press Association Sport chronicles Wales' debilitating number of injury setbacks.


The Clermont Auvergne centre, a British and Irish Lions Test player in Australia two years ago, suffered World Cup agony in May when he ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament during Clermont's game against Montpellier, ruling him out of the tournament.


Wales' prolific points-scorer was dealt a World Cup knockout blow in the final warm-up game against Italy three weeks ago, departing the Millennium Stadium on a stretcher after damaging knee ligaments. Faces a battle to play again this season.


The Ospreys scrum-half was hurt in the same game as Halfpenny, suffering a serious foot injury that required surgery. He could now be sidelined for the rest of this season, and might even be a doubt for Wales' tour to New Zealand next summer.


Became only the fifth Wales international to score a World Cup hat-trick of tries when Uruguay were beaten 54-9 at the Millennium Stadium in their opening match, but his luck then changed completely as he was forced off nursing a serious hamstring injury, his World Cup over.


The Ospreys wing missed out on Wales' initial 31-man World Cup squad, but he was then called up as replacement for Halfpenny, only to be released from the squad himself a week later due to a hamstring injury.


Williams' knee injury suffered in the second half of Wales' win against England has forced him out of the squad. The signs did not look good on Saturday night, and Wales head coach Warren Gatland has been dealt another major blow.


The Newport Gwent Dragons wing, who was preferred to Alex Cuthbert for the England game, suffered a shoulder injury at Twickenham. Like Williams, he will play no further part in the World Cup.


The Scarlets full-back missed much of Wales' tournament preparations due to a foot injury, and he then suffered concussion at Twickenham after England flanker Tom Wood's shin made contact with Williams' head. He will not be considered for selection against Fiji, and will follow graduated return to play protocols before being considered for selection for Wales' following game against Australia.


The New Zealand-born Cardiff Blues back suffered an ankle injury during pre-World Cup training, which meant he was not considered for the final 31-man squad, but after regaining full fitness he is now in the squad following Wales' latest injury setbacks.


The Ospreys prop experienced a tight calf muscle during the Uruguay game, and he was not involved in the match-day 23 against England at Twickenham. Could be back on the scene against Fiji later this week, but only time will tell.


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