Liam Williams Hadleigh Parkes column: Royal visit, return of the Lane Train… and a World Cup semi-final

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Liam Williams Hadleigh Parkes column

2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa
Venue:International Stadium, YokohamaDate:Sun, 27 OctKick-off:09:00 GMT
Coverage:Full commentary on every Wales game across BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

In his latest BBC Sport column, Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes describes the build-up to their World Cup semi-final against South Africa, including another brush with royalty and being rejected as a “roomie” by newly-arrived Owen Lane.

This is a special week. We’re in the semi-final of a World Cup and we’re all chomping at the bit to get going.

These opportunities don’t come around often. The last time we were in a semi-final was 2011 and you want to do all you can to be right and ready for the game.

Everyone takes things up a notch in weeks like this. The excitement is there – Gats (Warren Gatland) and Alun Wyn Jones are like that for any Test match – but everyone knows we’re 80 minutes away from achieving something special by getting to a final.

Looking back at the quarter-final, we weren’t happy with the way we played but we got the job done and that’s the only thing that matters at this stage of the tournament.

If we play the same way against South Africa, we’re not going to win.

I’ve also got to say that’s the best the French have played in a while, and you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. They scored a couple of good tries at the start and they’ve got a lot of talent, so you’ve got to look at it that way as well.

The three times I’ve played France we’ve always been chasing the game. In the Six Nations this year, we were 16-0 down and the year before they missed a few easy shots at goal and we only won by one point.

I don’t know what it is but we’ve just never played well against France since I’ve been involved.

But the main thing is we got the job done, we know what

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