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‘A lot of boys are gutted’ – emotional Davies reveals Wales’ World Cup ‘hurt’
2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final
Venue:Tokyo Stadium, TokyoDate:Friday, 1 NovemberTime:09:00 GMT
Coverage:Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Coach Warren Gatland lamented his dream of starting and finishing his Wales career against England being dashed after their agonising World Cup semi-final defeat by South Africa.

Gatland began his Wales reign with a win over England, but will not take on Eddie Jones’ side in Saturday’s final in Yokohama.

Instead Wales will face the All Blacks in the bronze medal match on Friday in Tokyo.

“It was not to be,” said Gatland.

“The dream was that as my first game in charge of Wales was against England for the last to be against them as well.”

Handre Pollard’s late penalty sealed victory for the Springboks after Josh Adams’ try had brought Wales level at 16-16 going into the final minutes.

“It was a very tough encounter, and well done to South Africa,” said Gatland.

“We punched massively above our weight in terms of playing numbers in Wales, we gave 100% in a close contest.

“But South Africa deserved to win.”

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