Wales prepare for more injury misery as win over England comes at a cost

Published: Sunday 27th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Wales are braced for more injury misery as they prepare to assess the cost of a pulsating World Cup triumph against England at Twickenham.

Saturday’s dramatic 28-25 Pool A victory came at a heavy cost, with centre Scott Williams (knee), wing Hallam Amos (shoulder) and full-back Liam Williams (concussion) all going off during a punishing second half.

“We have obviously got some injuries once again. The medical staff are assessing them throughout the day with scans etc, and I think we will have more of an idea of where we are tomorrow, really,” Wales assistant coach and defence specialist Shaun Edwards said at the Wales squad base on Sunday.

“I think the resilience shown by these players is that if we have another player or two out of the World Cup, somebody else will just step up and try to perform the way we did last night.”

Wales, who continue their quarter-final quest against Fiji next Thursday, lost Leigh Halfpenny (knee), Rhys Webb (foot) and Jonathan Davies (knee) before the tournament started, while centre Cory Allen was ruled out of the competition when he suffered a hamstring injury during the 54-9 victory over Uruguay last Sunday.

It appears likely that Wales will need to summon squad replacements, with particular concerns about Scott Williams and Amos, which could mean a call-up for someone like experienced Gloucester back James Hook.

Edwards added: “There is definite potential that we could lose more. We just have to show the resilience we have shown so far in the competition, dust ourselves off and get on with it.”

Asked if Amos and Scott Williams were the biggest worries, Edward said: “Yes, they are definitely the ones that are the biggest concern.”

Wales, meanwhile, are considering their position following a second-half incident when England flanker Tom Wood’s swinging boot made contact with Liam Williams’ head and forced him off.

Wood has subsequently apologised to Williams on Twitter, although the matter could now attract the match citing commissioner’s attention.

“There was definitely contact between part of Tom Wood’s body and Liam’s head,” Edwards said.

“It is something we are going to look at. I think we will make a comment on that later on,” Edwards said.

“It is clearly obvious there was some contact with the head. We did lose one of our best players. We will just look at that later.”

Published: Sunday 27th September 2015 by The News Editor

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