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Gatland feels for Lancaster after 'media assassination'

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says he has sympathy for his England counterpart Stuart Lancaster, after the host nation crashed out of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday night.

Warren Gatland Credit: PA

England lost 33-13 to Australia over the weekend, following on from their 28-25 defeat to Wales the previous week. Those losses ensured Wales and Australia qualified from Pool A at England's expense.

Gatland says the criticism of Lancaster from certain areas of the media has been unfair.

I think there's been a little bit of assassination by the media, and if they had potentially taken those three points well I don't think all this would of been the same.

I rang Stuart during the week and left a message, and he text me back and he said he appreciated the support.

– Warren Gatland, Wales head coach

Visitors up 'because of the Ball in the Wall'

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Cardiff Council says the Rugby World Cup 2015 has seen visitor numbers to the capital soaring and with Cardiff Castle enjoying particular popularity.

Since the tournament kicked-off on Friday 18, September a giant Rugby World Cup 2015 replica ball has been embedded in the side of the castle.

The Council says the ‘ball in the wall’ has been a social media phenomena travelling as far as Singapore and Australia and has been picked up by media across the globe.

As a result the castle has enjoyed an increase of 8,000 visitors compared to the same time last year with 2,100 visitors through the gates on October 2nd which saw New Zealand take on Georgia in the Millennium Stadium.

Rugby World Cup has yet again put Cardiff on the map showcasing what we have on offer and I have no doubt the ‘ball in the wall’ will continue to be talked about for a long time yet.

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff Council


Anscombe ready to take World Cup chance

Gareth Anscombe has admitted he thought his World Cup dream might have been snatched away due to injury.

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New Zealand-born Anscombe, whose mother is from Cardiff, suffered an injury during pre-tournament training and then did not make Wales head coach Warren Gatland's 31-man World Cup squad.

(Injury) was a tough pill to swallow, particularly after 11 weeks of hard work in Switzerland, Doha and at the Vale. It's tough to think your World Cup dream is sort of snatched (away) when so close to selection

– Gareth Anscombe

Anscombe was recalled to the squad after Scott Williams and Hallam Amos were sidelined in Wales's 28-25 win over England.

Read more on this story on ITV's Rugby World Cup site.

Here's Australia's team for Saturday's Pool A decider

Australia coach Michael Cheika has named his side for this weekend's Pool A decider against Wales. The announcement was delayed until after this morning's training session so Cheika could assess the fitness of full-back Israel Folau - who's named in the starting line-up.

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