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Sunday 20th September 13:30 GMT


Wales open their Pool of Death campaign with a match against the Pool minnows, Uruguay in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon Given the injury issues that have affected the squad over the past two weeks, they may be grateful that do not have to face one of the other more experienced and physically competitive teams in the Pool, first up.

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The 2015 6-Nations featured a strong Wales performance, where they finished third on points difference behind Ireland and England, having won four of five matches played. However, the loss of full-back and goal-kicker, Leigh Halfpenny, while not being a handicap against Uruguay, may well prove decisive against England, Australia and Fiji, later in the tournament.

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It is difficult to gauge just how competitive the Uruguayans will be in their third Rugby World Cup finals appearance, but first since 2003. They have beaten an Argentina XV 30-26 in a warm up game, but have also been heavily defeated twice by Japan, 8-30 and 0-40 on a tour of the Asian country. Wales reserve strength looked woefully inadequate in the warm up game against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium, and the limit of their expectations, given the injury problems they have, may well be to make the quarter-finals.

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Posted: 20th September 2015

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