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Two of Wales' star players are major doubts for World Cup

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Wales are playing an anxious waiting game before knowing the full extent of injuries suffered by Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny during their final World Cup warm-up game against Millennium Stadium visitors Italy.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed that scrum-half Webb is undergoing a scan on an ankle injury, while Halfpenny will have a knee scan on Sunday or Monday.

Both players were carried off - Webb after 26 minutes and Halfpenny 11 minutes from time - as Wales laboured to a 23-19 success.

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"Rhys is being scanned at the moment," Gatland said "Leigh will be scanned tomorrow or Monday.

"I haven't spoken to either player.

"It is not great, is it? If they are ruled out, it is a massive blow.

"It is one of those things. Players are wanting to play, and unfortunately, they sometimes pick up injuries."

Wales kick off their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in 15 days' time. Their pool also includes host nation England and twice-world champions Australia.

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