Wales marred by injuries before RWC begins

  • 18/09/2015
Leigh Halfpenny (Photosport)
Leigh Halfpenny (Photosport)

Wales will do battle with England, Fiji and the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup's "Pool of Death", but they're already facing an injury crisis before kicking a ball in anger.

Losing three of your team before a game has even been played doesn't do much for confidence ahead of the biggest rugby tournament in the world.

One of them, Leigh Halfpenny, was one of Wales' most valuable players.

"What is hard, or cruel, is just the timing of it," says captain Sam Warburton. "Those players have committed so much in the last two or three months, and two weeks before the World Cup starts they're handed that blow."

Wales is a nation steeped in rugby history and tradition. Having narrowly missed out on a place in the last World Cup finals, there's great expectation this time around.

A place in the quarter finals could rest on beating England at Twickenham.

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