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2015 Rugby World Cup: 5 teams that surprised everyone in the pool stages

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714   //    15 Oct 2015, 03:32 IST

#4 Wales

Wales have battled their way through in this World Cup

The bodies just kept piling up for Wales, before the tournament even started and through it as well. The Welsh have often resembled a bunch of the walking wounded if not entirely crippled. Liam Williams became the latest casualty after he limped off during the game against Australia at the weekend with a damaged foot and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

He is the tenth back-line casualty for Warren Gatland joining Jonathan Davies, Rhys Webb, Leigh Halfpenny, Scott Williams, Cory Allen, Hallam Amos, Eli Walker, Tom James and Jack Dixon, who all got injured either before or during the tournament.

In the backdrop of those circumstances, they have performed admirably to emerge from their ‘Pool of Death’ also featuring the Aussies and the English and a tricky Fiji. They dealt a body blow to the hopes of the host nation in making it to the quarterfinals with a come-from-behind victory inspired by Dan Biggar. And competed gamely with the Aussies before losing out in the end to a superior team. Gatland though has at his command a team full of heart and one that is willing to leave everything out there despite their thin resources.


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