Liam Williams Rugby World Cup 2019: Warren Gatland selects his final Wales World Cup squad

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Warren Gatland wasted no time in declaring his World Cup ambitions having announced his squad for Japan on Sunday – Wales are in it to win it.

The head coach will be going to his third and final tournament with the adopted nation he has managed for almost 12 years.

He and his lieutenants Rob Howley, Shaun Edwards, Neil Jenkins and Robin McBryde took three hours to finalise their picks on Saturday night after the defeat to Wales.  

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will be going to his fourth World Cup as part of the final squad

Warren Gatland has selected his final Wales squad, which combines youth with experience

He has taken a gamble on Wales lock Cory Hill, who is out of action with a fractured leg

Debate largely surrounded Cory Hill’s injury, the selection of five props, not six, the back-up fly-half, and final slot in a five-strong back-three.

And Gatland emerged from that meeting bullish about Wales’ chances in Japan.

‘I think it’s good enough to win the World Cup,’ he said.

‘In the past when you’ve picked a World Cup squad, you may have been happy with 24 or 25 players and the others making up the numbers, you’re not sure about their quality.

‘But this time we’ve left out some class players.’ 

Two in that category are both props – 36-cap Rob Evans and 41-cap Samson Lee –

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