Halfpenny Replaces Williams For Showdown With Springboks

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Coach Warren Gatland made three changes to the team that beat France, fit-again Jonathan Davies returns in the centre for the semi-final against South Africa on Sunday.

Wales full-back Liam Williams has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup and will miss Sunday’s semi-final against South Africa in Yokohama.

Williams suffered an ankle injury during an accidental collision in training on Wednesday and will be replaced by Leigh Halfpenny in one of three changes to the side that started the quarter-final against France.

Naming his side on Friday, coach Warren Gatland confirmed that centre Jonathan Davies had recovered from the knee injury which forced him to miss the victory over Les Bleus.

Halfpenny, 30, who missed the 2015 tournament through injury, is a vastly experienced replacement for Williams, having won 84 caps.

The 28-year-old Williams had been bidding to add to the three titles he has collected this year. He won the European Champions Cup and English Premiership with Saracens and completed the Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales.

Wales: 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tom Francis, 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt.), 6. Aaron Wainwright, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Ross Moriarty, 9. Gareth Davies, 10. Dan Biggar, 11. Josh Adams, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 13. Jonathan Davies, 14. George North, 15. Leigh Halfpenny. Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Rhys Carre, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Aaron Shingler, 21. Tomos Williams, 22. Rhys Patchell, 23. Owen Watkin.