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Eli Walker injury fresh blow to Welsh World Cup squad

Eli Walker has been forced out of Wales' Rugby World Cup squad just a week after being called up Credit: PA

Ospreys wing Eli Walker has been released from Wales' Rugby World Cup squad due to a hamstring injury.

The release is a fresh blow to the squad as once-capped Walker, 25, was called in to replace Leigh Halfpenny after a knee injury.

Due to the nature of the impending competition and the potential for his injury to extend into the latter stages of the Pool stage, the decision has been made to release Eli at present.

– Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) statement

Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty, whose father Paul and uncle Richard both played in the 1987 World Cup, has been called into the squad.

The WRU said twice-capped Gloucester back-rower Moriarty, 21, will link up with Warren Gatland's men tomorrow.


Wales coach: We've got to accept injuries to Rugby World Cup stars

Wales head coach Warren Gatlin has urged his squad not to feel sorry for themselves after scrum-half Rhys Webb became the second player to be ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

Rhys Webb was injured in Wales' last World Cup warm-up match Credit: Press Association

Webb was injured in Saturday's final warm-up game with Italy in Cardiff and joins Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny on the sidelines.

Despite the injuries, Gatlin insists he is happy with his squad and that his players will not feel sorry for themselves going into the tournament:

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