Alun Wyn Jones Cory Hill named in Warren Gatland’s Wales squad for the Rugby World Cup

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Alun Wyn Jones Wales Head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Wales Head coach Warren Gatland. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Cory Hill has been named in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad despite suffering from a leg fracture.

Dragons lock Hill, who captained his country in two Tests against Argentina last year, could be unavailable until halfway through Wales’ pool schedule. He has not played since February.

But Wales head coach Warren Gatland has selected him for Japan, while fly-half Rhys Patchell also features following his try-scoring exploits against Ireland on Saturday.

Gatland’s group will be captained by Alun Wyn Jones, but those players who miss out include surprise omissions in props Rob Evans and Samson Lee.

Jones and company learnt of selection via a video produced by the Welsh Rugby Union when each player was told by a member of their community club that had been chosen.

It will be Jones’ fourth World Cup, with wing George North and hooker Ken Owens featuring in the tournament for a third time.

There are call-ups for Saracens prop Rhys Carre, who made his Test debut against Ireland, and flanker James Davies.

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