Rugby World Cup: Wales 54-9 Uruguay
Wales' hat-trick hero Corey Allen in doubt for Rugby World Cup with hamstring injury
Tristan Barclay
September 20, 2015
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Wales centre Corey Allen could be ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering what appeared to be a torn hamstring in his side's Pool A opener against Uruguay.

The 22-year-old limped off shortly after scoring a hat trick of tries in Cardiff, adding to Wales' already lengthy injury list. Head coach Warren Gatland lost key men Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb to serious injuries in the warm-up match against Italy, while replacement Eli Walker was ruled out just days after joining up with the squad.

"It looks like Corey has had a significant hamstring injury but will be scanned tomorrow," Gatland said. "The medics said he has suffered a tear and might have to be replaced."

Wales cruised to a 54-9 victory against the mostly-amateur Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium, but Allen was far from the only Welshman to leave the field in discomfort.

Liam Williams, in as starting fullback after Halfpenny was ruled out for around six months with a knee injury, props Samson Lee and Paul James, and flanker Dan Lydiate were all replaced after suffering knocks.

"Liam got a knock of the thigh, and Samson and Paul have tight calves," Gatland added. "Dan had a head assessment, but has passed it. He will take part in full training next week.

"With Liam, it's too early. I've spoken to medics and they've said we have to wait for 24 hours. We may have to make a tough decision on the props. At the moment we're carrying five but with only three fit to take the field, so we might have to replace one of them."

Gatland cut a frustrated figure sitting alongside skipper Sam Warburton in the post-match news conference, but found time to joke about the state of his team's fitness.

"Sam had a bit of a tight groin but he's ok," he said. "And I'm alright!"

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