Wales vs Uruguay RWC 2015: What time does it start and where can I watch it?

A look ahead to the Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium

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Liam Williams: The pain of a nation has never been clearer as when the news broke of Leigh Halfpenny’s season-ending knee injury after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. But Williams can help Wales quickly forget about the absence of their mercurial place-kick if he finds anything near his club form last season.

Williams has a desire to run the ball from anywhere that more often than not works out for the full-back, and it also helps to bring the likes of George North and Alex Cuthbert in to play.

If Williams can prove he is back to full fitness having not played this season he can help Wales rack up the points against expected Pool A whipping boys Uruguay.

 

Teams...

Wales:Liam Williams; A Cuthbert C Allen (Cardiff Blues), S Williams (Scarlets), H Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons); R Priestland (Bath), G Davies (Scarlets); P James (Ospreys), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), J Ball (Scarlets), L Charteris (Racing 92), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), J Tipuric (Ospreys), J King (Ospreys).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), A Jarvis (Ospreys), T Francis (Exeter), D Day (Bath), D Lydiate (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), M Morgan (Bristol).

Uruguay:G Meres; S Gibernau, J Prada, A Vilaseca, R Silva; F Berchesi, A Ormaechea; A Corral, C Arboleya, M Sagario, S Vilaseca (capt), J Zerbino, J-M Gaminara, M Beer, A Nieto.

Replacements: G Kessler, O Duran, M Sanguinetti, F Lamanna, A Alonso, J De Freitas, A Duran, F Bulanti.

Best stat…

2: Uruguay have only reach two World Cups in their history, and have come away with the same number of cumulative wins. Having defeated Pool 1 minnows Spain in 1999, they added a second victory four years later by defeating Georgia in Pool C, although the opposition in Pool A this time around suggests they’ll need a miracle to match their record.

 

Remember when…

When Shane Williams spun and turned past the rushing Ben Kay, Wales immediately knew it was on. Stephen Jones’ try in the 2003 Rugby World Cup remains one of the best ever scored in the Principalities’ history, and the fact it came against their Anglo enemy just made it even sweeter. Williams gave the ball to Gareth Cooper, who had Jones running on his inside. However, the scrum-half found a charging Gareth Thomas to his outside and the full-back took the ball up before popping back to Williams. The wing juggled the ball as the covering defence closed in, but as soon as he gained control he hurled it inside to Jones who dived over to score.

 

Player to watch…

Scott Williams: Normally at home in the No 12 shirt, Williams will have to find his feet at outside centre due to the World Cup-ending injury suffered by Jonathan Davies earlier this year. However, the Scarlets centre proved a more than adequate replacement in the Six Nations, and the unfortunate injury to Davies could be the break he needs to cement a place in the starting XV.

Past three meetings…

Wales and Uruguay have never played each other.

Form guide…

Wales: WWLWW

Uruguay: LLWLL

Vital information…

Kick-off: 2.30pm

TV: Live on ITV, highlights on ITV.

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