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Liam Williams Durability concerns counted against props – Gatland

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Wales squad ‘good enough’ to win World Cup – Warren Gatland

Head coach Warren Gatland says props Rob Evans and Samson Lee were left out of Wales’ World Cup squad because of concerns about their “durability”.

Loose-head Evans was overlooked in favour of Rhys Carre, who made his debut in Saturday’s loss to Ireland.

Lee, meanwhile, missed out as Wales opted for only two tight-heads in their 31-man squad for Japan.

“When we decided to go with the five props, one of the big discussions was how durable they were,” said Gatland.

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“Rob hasn’t trained a lot in the lead-up to the World Cup matches. He came in with a shoulder injury, then he picked up a neck injury and a few back issues, so he hadn’t played a lot.

“Samson has missed a few campaigns through injury, had a hamstring issue during the campaign.

“Someone like Rhys Carre has made incredible progress. He’s dropped 10kgs, I thought he did well [against Ireland] and he’s a big man.

“With Cory Hill not being available until the second game [because of a small leg fracture], Aaron Shingler covers us in that second-row position and we decided

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