Rugby World Cup 2011

Williams expected to be fit

2011-10-05 16:37
Shane Williams (Getty Images)

Wellington - Wales expect to have star wing Shane Williams fit for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland on Saturday.

The Ospreys' flyer, whose 55 Test tries are a Welsh record, has, according to a Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) statement, overcome the thigh strain that kept him out of the team's final two pool matches against Namibia and Fiji.

Wales are also confident that back-row forward Dan Lydiate (ankle) and utility back James Hook (shoulder) will both be available after suffering injuries during the pool win against Samoa.

"Dan, James and Shane have all been passed fit to train tomorrow (Wednesday)," said WRU national medical performance manager Prav Mathema.

"Pending any adverse reaction we expect them all to be available for selection against Ireland this weekend.

"Gethin (Jenkins) and Sam (Warburton) are also both fit for selection following calf cramp experienced during the end of the Fiji fixture."

Wales are due to name their team to play Ireland on Thursday, with the Irish set to announce their line-up on Wednesday.


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