Wales Suffers Major Setback Ahead of Springboks Match: Biggar and Williams Ruled Out
In a devastating blow to Wales’ preparations for their upcoming match against the Springboks, key players Dan Biggar and Liam Williams have been ruled out of the game. Biggar, who was set to play at fly-half, has been sidelined due to back irritation, while Williams, who was slated to take the fullback position, is suffering from a tight hamstring.
Both players have been withdrawn from the team as a precautionary measure, aiming to avoid aggravating their injuries further. However, their absence leaves a significant void in the Welsh side as they aim to bounce back from their recent loss to England at Twickenham.
Stepping in for Biggar will be Sam Costelow, who will make his second start for Wales in the Rugby World Cup warm-up schedule. Meanwhile, Cai Evans will take Williams’ place at number 15, hoping to make his international debut in style.
The revised Wales team to face the Springboks will feature several changes in the starting XV, with Tom Rogers replacing Evans on the bench. This match is of utmost importance to Wales as it serves as their final warm-up game before the Rugby World Cup, and head coach Warren Gatland will announce his 33-man squad for the tournament on Monday.
However, the setback of losing two experienced players could prove challenging for Wales as they make their final preparations. They find themselves in a tough pool alongside Australia, Georgia, Portugal, and Fiji, with their campaign commencing against Fiji on September 10.
Meanwhile, the Springboks have received a significant boost with the return of their captain, Siya Kolisi. With Wales aiming to bounce back from their recent defeat, the South African team will surely present a formidable challenge.
The match will take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, with kick-off scheduled for 15:15 BST (14:15 GMT). Referee Andrew Brace will officiate the game, with assistant referees Chris Busby and Eoghan Cross, while Joy Neville will serve as the TMO.
As the tension builds ahead of this crucial match, both teams will be giving it their all in their final opportunity to fine-tune their strategies before the Rugby World Cup. For Wales, however, the absence of Biggar and Williams may prove to be a significant hurdle in their pursuit of victory.
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