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Blow For Wales As Liam Williams Set To Miss South Africa Showdown

Liam Williams

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has been dealt a major blow ahead of his side’s World Cup semi-final clash with South Africa as Liam Williams has been ruled out of the game. 

According to a report by the BBC, the 28-year-old suffered an ankle injury in training and is unlikely to recover in time for next week’s clash, whether Wales feature in the third-place play-off or make the final.

Leigh Halfpenny is in line to take Williams’ place in the starting XV.

Gatland’s squad have been injury-hit of late. Jonathan Davies was a late withdrawal from Wales’ side to play France last weekend while Josh Navidi suffered a hamstring injury in that dramatic 20-19 win and has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

Williams has made two appearances for Wales during this tournament, scoring a try against Fiji before featuring in the quarter-final win.

Both Gatland and Rassie Erasmus are due to name their respective teams for Sunday’s clash tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile, England and New Zealand have named their starting line-ups for Saturday’s semi-final which can be found here.


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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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