Liam Williams England World Cup blow as Bath wing ruled out of Wales clash

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Liam Williams Ruaridh McConnochie of England
Ruaridh McConnochie of England

England suffered a late blow ahead of their World Cup warm-up clash against Wales in Cardiff after Ruaridh McConnochie was ruled out.

The Bath wing was due to make his Test debut at the Principality Stadium, but England announced on Saturday morning that he had failed a fitness test due to a hamstring problem.

McConnochie’s Bath colleague Anthony Watson replaced him, while there were also starts for lock Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes, who packed down in the back row.

Fly-half Dan Biggar, lock Jake Ball and flanker James Davies were Wales’ changes following a 33-19 defeat at Twickenham last weekend, with Davies being joined in the starting line-up by his brother Jonathan.

It then became Wales’ turn to lose

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