OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Flanker Ross Moriarty has been drafted into the Wales squad for wing Eli Walker, below

 

CARDIFF, 15 Sept - Wales coach Warren Gatland has received another injury blow with wing Eli Walker being ruled out of Rugby World Cup 2015 because of a hamstring injury.

The once-capped Ospreys player, 25, was himself a late call-up after potential match-winner Leigh Halfpenny was sent home with a knee injury.

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A statement released by the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed that the nature of the tournament and the potential for Walker's injury to remain a problem into the latter stages of the pool stage led them to release the speedster.

Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty, 21, has been called into Wales' 31-man squad and will link up with his teammates on Tuesday.

The news of Walker's withdrawal comes nine days after Gatland's first-choice full-back Halfpenny and scrum-half Rhys Webb received serious knee and ankle injuries respectively in the warm-up game against Italy at the Millennium Stadium. Both players have been ruled out of the competition.

It is yet another blow for the Wales camp, which had star centre Jonathan Davies ruled out of the World Cup in May after he ruptured knee ligaments playing for Clermont Auvergne in France's Top 14 competition.

Wales kick off their Pool A campaign against Uruguay in Cardiff on Sunday.

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