Liam Williams Criticism of Wales’ World Cup warm-up schedule is fair, says Gatland

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Warren Gatland will leave his post as Wales head coach after the 2019 World Cup
World Cup warm-up: England v Wales
Venue: TwickenhamDate: Sunday, 11 AugustKick-off: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC 5 Live Extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary

Head coach Warren Gatland says it is “fair” to criticise Wales’ decision to play four World Cup warm-up matches.

Legendary full-back JPR Williams and fly-half James Hook are among those who have voiced concerns that players could suffer injuries before the tournament.

Wales face England at Twickenham on Sunday and in Cardiff on Saturday, 17 August, before playing Ireland home and away on 31 August and 7 September.

“I understand the criticism. That’s warranted,” said Gatland.

“It’s a little bit of a concern that you don’t pick up too many injuries, but sometimes you have just got to roll the dice and go with it.

“The criticism is fair. You can’t get it right all the time. You are trying to negotiate warm-up games with sides and trying to get the balance right.

“Four years ago we were supposed to play England home and away, and that got called off because we ended up in the same [World Cup] pool.

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