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Lloyd Williams happy to wing it for Wales

williamsScrum-half forced to play out of position reveals he and Gareth Davies re-create try that beat England for fun
The experiences of scrum-half Lloyd Williams sum up the story of Wales so far at Rugby World Cup 2015.
The Welsh have reached a quarter-final meeting against South Africa on Saturday despite suffering a remarkable series of injuries. Williams has twice been forced to play out of position on the wing when he has come on as a replacement.
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After Welsh grit, Gatland was scathing of draws

Wales coach Warren Gatland watches his team play Fiji last Friday. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland watches his team play Fiji last Friday. Photo: WalesOnline

After surviving what he called the “group of hell,” Wales coach Warren Gatland was scathing of a Rugby World Cup draw that was based on rankings three years ago and resulted in his team ending up in Pool A with two-time champion Australia, 2003 winner England, and Fiji, a team that easily could have contended for the quarterfinals.

England’s back-to-back losses to Wales and Australia meant a host team became the first to miss out on the quarterfinals. Gatland, a New Zealander, was stuck between a rock and a hard place while watching the game at Twickenham on Saturday — needing Australia to beat England to ensure the pool would be decided before his Wales team meets the Wallabies next week, which came with the unpalatable concept of being a Kiwi supporting his archrival Aussies in a sporting contest.

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Gatland relieved with Fiji win

Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji's scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji’s scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales coach Warren Gatland was relieved to get a win over Fiji despite missing out on a bonus point in a thrilling game in Cardiff.

The Welsh looked well-set to pick up maximum points when they led 17-3 after half an hour, with two tries under their belts.

However from there Fiji grew into the game, and even threatened an upset when they got back to within four points early in the second half.

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Bonus point win eludes Wales in bruising match

Wales players show exhaustion more than celebration after the final whistle. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales players show exhaustion more than celebration after the final whistle. Photo: WalesOnline

Wales beat Fiji 23-13 at the Millennium Stadium but failure to secure a bonus point win means their Pool A fate is far from certain

Never mind a bonus point, Wales will be mightily relieved to escape from the Millennium Stadium with a victory after a compelling and frantic World Cup dust-up with Fiji.

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Wales focus on available players

Wales skipper Sam Warburton says Fiji has improved from the team that Wales defeated 66-0 in 2011. Photo: World Rugby

Wales skipper Sam Warburton says Fiji has improved from the team that Wales defeated 66-0 in 2011. Photo: World Rugby

CARDIFF – They might have been decimated by injury, but Wales will forget all about their unprecedented misfortune if they make it three successive Pool A victories, at the expense of Fiji, in the Millennium Stadium on Thursday (Friday morning FT).

Having arrived at Rugby World Cup 2015 without his irrepressible full-back and goal-kicker Leigh Halfpenny, first-choice scrum-half Rhys Webb and centre Jonathan Davies, coach Warren Gatland has since lost Corey Allen to a hamstring tear and Scott Williams and Hallam Amos to knee and shoulder injuries respectively.

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Columnist more nervous about Fiji than England showdown

The former Welsh skipper says he is already ’emotionally exhausted’ from watching Wales do battle in this nightmare World Cup group

The Fijian threat makes Gwyn Jones more nervous. Photo: Getty Images

The Fijian threat makes Gwyn Jones more nervous. Photo: Getty Images

This really is a brutal group. We are barely halfway through the pool matches and I am emotionally exhausted from just watching.

Somehow, the players must gather themselves for a very different challenge against Fiji, but it’s far easier to do that after a win.

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Gatland keeps charges honest

Warren Gatland and Attack coach Rob Howley keeping the Wales players work in training. Photo: WalesOnline

Warren Gatland and Attack coach Rob Howley keeping the Wales players work in training. Photo: WalesOnline

Gatland says management have made Wales’ players aware they will be looking their GPS numbers and body language in training

Warren Gatland has read the riot act ahead of Wales’ vital World Cup clash with Fiji by revealing he’s prepared to drop anybody shirking in training.

The Wales coach made just three changes to the side that beat England 28-25 at Twickenham last weekend in Pool A to inspire the nation with a real backs to the wall job.

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