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Welsh in high spirits after Rugby World Cup qualification

Welsh squad in high spirits at Rugby World Cup with quarterfinals spot sealed

Welsh in high spirits after Rugby World Cup qualification

WEYBRIDGE, England (AP) -- Wales flanker Dan Lydiate received a nasty blow to the head in a brutal Rugby World Cup game against Fiji last week and it seems his vision may still be affected.

"He actually thinks he's seen a ghost (at the team hotel)," Wales prop Samson Lee said Monday, "but I think he's dreaming. He had a bang on the head and that might be the problem."

Ahead of their last pool game against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday, the Welsh players are staying in a hotel west of London that stands on the site of the palace of 16th-century British monarch Henry III.

The squad is in high spirits -- for good reason.

England's loss to Australia last Saturday confirmed Wales as a quarterfinalist from the tournament's toughest group with a game to spare. The match against Australia will determine which of the teams finishes first.

Also cheering up Wales coach Warren Gatland will be the latest injury prognosis for his squad. After being struck with the worst injury list he's ever known over the past two weeks, Gatland might have the luxury of a fully fit squad to take on the Wallabies.

Prop Paul James came through a running test on Sunday following a calf injury that ruled him out of the wins over England and Fiji, and will be back in training on Tuesday. Fullback Liam Williams is "ticking all the boxes" as he undergoes the return-to-play protocol after a concussion, according to Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde.

And Lydiate? He should be OK for Australia, too.

"Dan Lydiate and (lock) Bradley Davies are a bit battered but they are fine," McBryde said.

Updated : 2021-09-23 15:08 GMT+08:00