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Wales forward excited by World Cup warm-ups

4th August 2019, 16:57 by Daniel McCarthy

Wales forward Cory Hill says the Test matches against England and Ireland before the World Cup will be “flat out”.

The Grand Slam winners from the Six Nations have four World Cup warm-up matches before they head off to Japan in September, with a double-header scheduled against both England and Ireland.

Players will be fighting to make it into Warren Gatland's squad for the tournament and, despite the looming threat of any injuries, the 27-year-old second-row says they will be treated like a serious competition event.

"That's rugby union," he told Press Association. "You're going to get injuries no matter what games you play. You can still pick up knocks if you play nations lower down (the rankings).

"Playing England and Ireland is the biggest challenge we could have before the World Cup.

"They will be flat-out Test matches against teams in the top five in the world. They are local derbies as well, so there's a little bit more to add to it.

"We certainly won't be undercooked going to the World Cup because I'm sure everyone will get game-time in those matches."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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