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Warren Gatland ready to call up Mike Phillips for Wales’ Rugby World Cup after …

  • Rhys Webb suffered a horror injury in Wales’ 23-19 win over Italy 
  • Veteran Mike Phillips is likely to be called up as his replacement
  • Leigh Halfpenny also left the field on a stretcher with a knee injury 
  • Wales open their World Cup against Uruguay on September 20

Nik Simon For The Mail On Sunday

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Warren Gatland is likely to recall veteran scrum-half Mike Phillips after the sickening injury suffered by Rhys Webb in Cardiff.

Webb’s screams could be heard over the referee’s microphone as his left leg buckled in the 27th minute against Italy. 

Having almost certainly lost his starting scrum-half, Gatland has a dilemma going into the opening Pool A Test against Uruguay on September 20.

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Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb suffered a horror injury against Italy very likely ended his World Cup dream

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb suffered a horror injury against Italy very likely ended his World Cup dream

Webb holds his head as he’s removed from the pitch on a stretcher after his leg sickeningly buckled

Veteran Mike Phillips is likely to be recalled to the squad after missing out on his country's 31-man squad

Veteran Mike Phillips is likely to be recalled to the squad after missing out on his country’s 31-man squad

The New Zealander coach is now likely to send for veteran No 9 Phillips from Racing Metro. 

The 33 year old made his debut for Wales in 2003 and has played 94 Tests — with an additional five for the Lions — scoring nine tries.

That was not the end of Gatland’s worries, with full-back Leigh Halfpenny carried off on a stretcher and given oxygen after suffering a knee injury when appearing to stumble late on.

James Hook is likely to step up if needed. Gareth Anscombe can also be called up but has an ankle injury.

Warren Gatland has been thrown into an injury crisis after Saturday's 23-19 win over Italy in Cardiff

Warren Gatland has been thrown into an injury crisis after Saturday’s 23-19 win over Italy in Cardiff

His Lions full back Leigh Halfpenny is given oxygen after he too left the field with a serious leg injury

His Lions full back Leigh Halfpenny is given oxygen after he too left the field with a serious leg injury

 


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