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Wales' hopes of ending All Black losing streak dented by double injury blow

Liam Williams and Alex Cuthbert have been ruled out through injury.

Williams in action against the All Blacks back in June.
Williams in action against the All Blacks back in June.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

WALES’ HOPES OF ending their long losing streak against New Zealand have been dented after Liam Williams was ruled out of Saturday’s clash with an abdominal injury.

Williams suffered the injury against Georgia on Saturday and the Welsh Rugby Union announced this morning that the 26-year-old back will be sidelined in Cardiff this weekend.

His absence is a blow to Wales after he caused the All Blacks numerous problems while playing for the Lions earlier this year.

Williams, who can cover the full-back or wing position, is not Wales’ only absentee.

Winger Alex Cuthbert has been released because of a calf injury and the WRU has not put a timescale on either player’s return.

“Liam Williams (abdominal) and Alex Cuthbert (calf) have been released from the Wales squad due to injury,” a message on the WRU’s Twitter account said.

New Zealand have won their last 29 meetings with Wales, who laboured to a 13-6 win over Georgia in Cardiff last weekend.

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