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Monday 18 February 2019

Welsh injury woe shows importance of luck

Wales' Rhys Webb lies on the ground injured during the World Cup Warm up match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Wales' Rhys Webb lies on the ground injured during the World Cup Warm up match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

If there was one message loud and clear from the weekend warm-ups, it came from Wales. A timely reminder of just how quickly the best-laid plans can be ripped asunder.

Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny have been central to Warren Gatland's overall strategy going into this World Cup and now it's back to the drawing board for the coach.

We have already been hit with one tough blow by way of the loss of Tommy O'Donnell.

That said, were we to lose say Conor Murray and Rob Kearney, our equivalent starters at scrum-half and full-back, we would be at sixes and sevens with less than a fortnight to go.

Injury goes with the territory particularly in a tournament as unforgiving as a Rugby World Cup. We can take it as read that we will be picking up some serious game-threatening bumps and bruises along the way.

And while it may sound a corny old line, it is a truism that you simply cannot wrap players in cotton wool.

To win out, you need strength in depth, talent in abundance but perhaps more than anything that rub of the green.

Irish Independent

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