Rugby World Cup 2011

Priestland misses out on semi

2011-10-13 06:52
Rhys Priestland will miss Wales' RWC semi-final (File)

Wellington - Rhys Priestland, one of an emerging Wales team's shining stars at the World Cup, will miss Saturday's semi-final against France because of injury.

The Scarlets fly-half has failed to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in the 22-10 quarter-final win over Ireland.

His playmaking role will now be taken by James Hook, Wales's full-back in their opening two pool games before a shoulder problem interrupted his World Cup, with veteran fly-half Stephen Jones named on the bench.

The rest of the team announced Thursday is unchanged from that victory over the Irish which saw Wales advance to a World Cup semi-final for only the second time since the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Sam Warburton captains the side from openside flanker alongside blindside Dan Lydiate and No 8 Toby Faletau.

The front row features Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins propping up Huw Bennett, while Alun-Wyn Jones and Luke Charteris are the two locks.

Hook will be serviced by Mike Phillips at scrum-half, Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies pairing up in midfield, with Shane Williams and George North on the wings. Leigh Halfpenny gets his second start at full-back.


15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Shane Williams, 10 James Hook, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Danny Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 Gethin Jenkins.

Substitutes: 16 Lloyd Burns, 17 Paul James, 18 Bradley Davies, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Lloyd Williams, 21 Stephen Jones, 22 Scott Williams.

15 Maxime Medard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Morgan Parra, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.

Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Fabien Barcella,18  Julien Pierre, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Francois Trinh-Duc, 21 David Marty, 22 Cedric Heymans.


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