Liam Williams Patchell & Hill get Wales World Cup spots, Evans left out

Liam Williams Patchell & Hill get Wales World Cup spots, Evans left out

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

Rhys Patchell will be Wales’ back-up fly-half to Dan Biggar for the World Cup, after being named in Warren Gatland’s final 31-man squad.

That means Cardiff Blues 10 Jarrod Evans, who started Saturday’s warm-up loss to Ireland, misses out.

Lock Cory Hill is included despite currently being sidelined with a small fracture in his leg.

There is no place for Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rob Evans, or centre Scott Williams.

Evans was first choice during Wales’ 2019 Grand Slam campaign but Saracens’ Rhys Carre makes the plane to Japan as one of five props after making his debut against the Irish.

Nicky Smith, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis and Wyn Jones are the other props. Jones will cover both sides of the scrum with only two tight-heads selected.

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Ken Owens, who is heading to his third World Cup, Elliot Dee and Ryan Elias are the three hookers in the squad.

“Selection is always the toughest part of the job and that is especially true come RWC time,” said Gatland.

“Reducing the squad down to 31 has been extremely hard e

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