Priestland ruled out of semi final

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Updated: October 13, 2011

Rhys Priestland will miss out on Wales’ semi final clash with France after failing to recover from the shoulder injury sustained against Ireland in the quarter final.

The absence of the 24 year old is the only change to the Welsh side for the clash with Marc Lievremont’s side with James Hook coming in to the starting line at fly half.

102-times capped Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones will come into the bench for Hook and speaking at the announcement of his team, Welsh coach Warren Gatland played down the absence of Priestland “Time was against Rhys, but we are happy that we have the talent and ability elsewhere in the squad to cover him

“Rhys has done everything we have asked of him and more during this World Cup, but, when we have players of the calibre and experience of James Hook and Stephen Jones coming into the squad and starting line-up, there is no sense that Rhys’s absence leaves us any weaker”

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams, James Hook, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins, Huw Bennett, Adam Jones, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (C), Toby Faletau

Replacements: Lloyd Burns, Paul James, Bradley Davies, Ryan Jones, Lloyd Williams, Stephen Jones, Scott Williams.

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