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Liam Williams Losing No 1 spot, injuries to major players and concussion woes… Grand Slam Six Nations champions Wales head to Japan with uncertainty

  • Wales have not had the best summer of preparation before a World Cup event 
  • Up to No 1 in the world rankings they dropped to fifth after consecutive losses
  • Taulupe Faletau, who broke his collarbone, and Gareth Anscombe are ruled out
  • Rhys Patchell must now step up despite suffering badly with head-knocks

By Will Kelleher For Mailonline

Published:18:07 EDT, 8 September 2019|Updated:18:08 EDT, 8 September 2019

Three defeats from four, two major injuries to starting players and a concussion cloud hanging over a third – it might seem like this has been a summer of discontent for Wales.

The Grand Slam Six Nations champions, who went into the last month of warm-up fixtures ahead of the World Cup unbeaten in 14 Tests, have had a strange time.

Briefly up to No 1 in the world rankings, now back down to fifth after two consecutive defeats to the Irish they go to Japan without the momentum of form – if you read a lot into the results of these preparatory fixtures.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has endured a very testing summer with his side

They will fly on Wednesday without Taulupe Faletau, who broke his collarbone in training, and Gareth Anscombe, who ruptured the cruciate ligament in his knee against England at Twickenham.

That latter blow makes the latest concern more worrying. Rhys Patchell, the 26-year-old back-up to Dan Biggar who now must start the big games with Anscombe out, took a nasty

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