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Wales coach Warren Gatland says it is worth the gamble of picking injured lock Cory Hill for the 2019 World Cup.
Hill has been included in the 31-man squad for Japan despite being sidelined for the opening game against Georgia on 23 September with a small fracture in his leg.
The 27-year-old is hoping to be fit for the second match against Australia six days later.
“We felt that it is worth the risk,” said Gatland.
Hill has not played since scoring a try in the Six Nations win over England in Cardiff in February and his return to action has been delayed.
“Cory’s got a small stress fracture high on his leg,” explained Gatland.
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“We’d scanned him initially and nothing showed up so he was rehabbing back into training.
“He still didn’t feel 100 per cent, he felt sore, so we re-scanned him last Friday and it showed up a slight fracture.
“The disappointing thing is if we had picked it up three weeks ago then he wouldn’t be far away and would possibly have been alright for the game against Ireland this weekend but nothing showed up on the original scan.”
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