Alun Wyn Jones Wales vs South Africa team news: Leigh Halfpenny replaces injured Liam Williams as Jonathan Davies returns to starting XV

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Wales will be without full-back Liam Williams for Sunday’s semi-final against South Africa after being ruled out for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup – though the return of Jonathan Davies at centre comes as a boost for Warren Gatland’s men.

The 28-year-old, who has won 62 caps and started all Wales’ World Cup games except one, picked up an ankle injury in an “accidental collision” during training this week.

“His prognosis will be established in the forthcoming days,” the Welsh Rugby Union said in a statement on Friday morning. “No replacement has been called up at this stage.”

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Leigh Halfpenny, Wales’ third highest record points scorer, fills his place at full-back for the Yokohama showdown.

Williams joins Josh Navidi as Wales’ latest injury casualty, with the forward also unavailable for the rest of the tournament due to a hamstring injury. The No 8 is replaced by Ross Moriarty.

Meanwhile, Davies is back in action after initial concerns over his fitness, bringing with him 79 caps’ worth of experience to the midfield.

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