Welsh trio winning fitness battle

Date published: September 10 2015

Wales have been handed a major boost with the news that three key players have been passed fit for the start of the World Cup.

Having lost both Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny to injury this week, the Welsh needed some good news, and they've got it, with Alun Wyn Jones, Samson Lee and Liam Williams all set to be ready for the opening game against Uruguay.

Lee hasn't played since the Six Nations, when he tore his Achilles against Ireland, while Williams has been out of action with a foot injury.

Jones injured his knee against Ireland during the warm-up games, and looked to be in a race against time to be fit, however he is now ready to go according to back coach Rob Howley.

Having spent so long out, Lee and Williams are both expected to start against Uruguay, as they try to gain some match fitness before the crucial clash with England at Twickenham on September 26.

"Alun Wyn Jones is fine, Samson Lee and Liam Williams have played a full part in training. Samson has played a full part in scrummaging," said Howley. 

"I think it’s fair to say Liam and Samson would have to play against Uruguay to be involved against England and they are likely starters against Uruguay. Time on the field is vital after so long out.

"From what I am led to believe (Jones) will be fit for Uruguay."