Gatland backs Wales to win World Cup

Wales announce final World Cup squad for Japan

Lock Cory Hill is included despite now being sidelined with a small fracture in his leg.

There are call-ups for Saracens prop Rhys Carre, who made his Test debut against Ireland, and flanker James Davies.

"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. Then you take every game as it comes".

"When we made a decision to go with the five props, one of the big discussions was how durable they were", said Gatland.

Fly-half Jack Carty added a conversion and penalty for the visitors, while his opposite number Jarrod Evans kicked a penalty before going off at half-time and being replaced by Rhys Patchell, with a second-half penalty try sealing Wales' fate.

"They (medical staff) are confident that he will be up and training for that second game against Australia and he is a pretty good athlete, so we are not anxious from a conditioning point of view".

The Dragons lock captained Wales in two Tests against Argentina past year and head coach Warren Gatland has selected him for the tournament in Japan in the hope he can feature in the latter stages. He came in with a shoulder injury, then he picked up a neck injury and a few back issues, so he hadn't played a lot.

Props Rob Evans, Samson Lee and centre Scott Williams all miss out. Forwards: Jake Ball (Scarlets), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Rhys Carre (Saracens), James Davies (Scarlets), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons). He's dropped 10kgs, I thought he did well [against Ireland] and he's a big man.

Gatland added: "When we chose to go with the five props, one of the big discussion points was how durable the props were".

"Apart from one day, when he found it tough when his calves were tight, he hasn't missed a training session, he hasn't been in the physio room". It will be captain Alun Wyn Jones' fourth World Cup, with wing George North and hooker Ken Owens featuring in the tournament for a third time.

Gareth Davies, Aled Davies and Tomos Williams will contest the scrum-half position, with Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell the flyhalves with Jarrod Evans missing out. "But this time we've left out some class players".

"I thought Rhys came on and gave a pretty solid performance in the second half", Gatland said.



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