Wales have confirmed lock Cory Hill has been released from the World Cup squad and been replaced by Bradley Davies. Hill was named in Warren Gatland’s squad and flew to Japan, but he has not been able to recover from a stress fracture to his fibula.
The Dragons forward has not played since February, and he will now be replaced by Ospreys forward Bradley Davies. In a statement, the Welsh Rugby Union said: “Cory Hill has been released from Wales’ 2019 Rugby World Cup squad after being unable to recover significantly from a stress fracture of his fibula. “He will return to Wales and continue his recovery with his region.
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“Bradley Davies, capped 65 times by Wales and who has featured in two previous Rugby World Cups, has been named as his injury replacement and will arrive in Japan on Wednesday.” Hill had been hoping to feature in Sunday’s Pool D showdown against Australia, but he will now watch the rest of the tournament from afar.
Fellow lock Adam Beard has recently landed in Japan after having his appendix removed, while Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball are set to continue as Wales’ second-row partnership against the Wallabies.