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Scott Williams has been released by Wales

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Wales centre Scott Williams

The Wales camp have released Scott Williams from the camp and his participation in the Six Nations appears to have come to an end.

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Williams injured his back playing for the Ospreys and will continue his rehabiliation away from the Welsh camp.

A statement from the WRU reads: “Scott Williams has been released from Wales’ 2019 Guinness Six Nations squad to continue rehabilitation of his back injury at his Region (Ospreys). It is felt that his injury will preclude him from taking a competitive part in the competition.

“An update will be provided later today regarding players released back to their Regions for action this weekend.”

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has warned his side that things could get “embarrassing” when they meet England in two weeks time if they put out an effort like they did against Italy.

While Wales equalled their longest test winning streak at 11 with a 26-15 triumph over the Azzurri on Saturday, they looked far from their best on the pitch.

Both sides scored a pair of tries but the boot of Dan Biggar proved the difference as the first five-eighth nailed four penalty goals.

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England looked impressive last week when they beat Ireland 32-20 in Dublin, and Gatland knows his team must take things up a level if they are to defend their home ground against Eddie Jones’ men.

“There are lots of things we need to improve for England,” Gatland told ITV post-match.

“The lineout was a bit concerning, we didn’t have enough tempo. We kept having to step away and Italy closed down that space pretty quickly.

“If we play like that against England it could be embarrassing.”

Gatland also explained the reasoning behind the plethora of changes he made to the lineup before the Italy clash.

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“I probably need to take some criticism myself in terms of making so many changes and perhaps not having that continuity,” he said.

“But the plan was double-edged with looking at the Six Nations and ahead to the World Cup.

“We came here and did a job, got a win and can start thinking about the next two weeks which could already potentially be a championship decider.”

Wales haven’t beaten England since the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and have been usurped from their World No. 3 spot by England after last weekend’s results.

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finn 6 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

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