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Players tweet their thanks to fans for RWC support

Wales players have taken to Twitter to thank the fans for all their support during their Rugby World Cup campaign. Hooker Scott Baldwin, who was taken off the pitch during Wales 23-19 loss to South Africa, says his injury isn't too serious.

Players can be 'justifiably proud' - Welsh Rugby Union

George North acknowledges supporters after the final whistle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has praised Warren Gatland and the Wales team for reaching the quarter-finals.

They performed competitively in every game and were wonderful ambassadors for Welsh rugby and for Wales off the field as well.

The players can all be justifiably proud of what they achieved and we all thank them for keeping us on the edges of our seats for the past few weeks.

Our fans have been magnificent too and I want to thank them all for the wonderful support they gave to the Wales squad from start to finish.

– Gareth Davies, WRU chairman

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Warburton feels Wales's World Cup exit was premature

Sam Warburton says Wales's World Cup exit is very premature and he feels the team were physically 'in a good place.'

For some of the players this would've been their last World Cup and Warburton says they threw everything they could at South Africa, so it's disappointing that they couldn't hold on for the win.

From an effort point of view, I have no regrets. But for me I think the 12 points in the first half, we gave away four penalties all of which really we weren't under that much pressure. We said we couldn't give away penalties in that part of the field and we did. For me those 12 points were probably the most crucial 12 points that we gave away - it's effectively two tries...to give 12 points away like that was disappointing.

– Sam Warburton

Asked whether he thinks South Africa will go on to win the tournament for a third time, Warburton says the Springboks and Australia are tough sides to play against, but the great thing about the World Cup is it's still wide open who can reach the final.

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