Liam Williams (AP)
London - Liam Williams joined Wales' Rugby World Cup casualty list
after he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Sunday with a foot
The 24-year-old Scarlets wing limped off with a foot problem
during the second half of Wales' 15-6 Pool A defeat by Australia at Twickenham
"Disappointing news out of camp this morning. Liam
Williams ruled out of RWC with foot injury," said a statement on the Welsh
Rugby Union's Twitter feed on Sunday.
He is the sixth member of Wales' original World Cup squad to
be ruled out because of injury following Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Webb, Scott
Williams, Hallam Amos and Cory Allen.
Williams had to overcome a foot injury just to gain a place
in coach Warren Gatland's original 31-man squad.
Also capable of playing at fullback, Williams was then
concussed during Wales' dramatic 28-25 win over tournament hosts England at
Twickenham a fortnight ago and missed the subsequent victory against Fiji.
Liam Williams' injury means Gatland is set to be forced into
yet another rejig of his team heading into Wales' World Cup quarter-final
against South Africa next weekend.
George North, pushed into centre against Australia, is
likely to return to his more familiar wing berth against the two-time world
That would leave Gatland needing to find a new midfield
partner for Jamie Roberts, with utility back James Hook and Tyler Morgan two
Yet despite all their injury problems, Wales - already
qualified for the last eight before Saturday's match - came second in the 'Pool
of Death' behind Australia.