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Wales spring surprise with Faletau's replacements

SQUAD UPDATE: Wales confirmed that Scarlets scrumhalf Kieran Hardy has been called up to the World Cup squad.

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The scrumhalf has replaced injured loose forward Taulupe Faletau.

The No.8 has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a broken arm during Saturday’s 43-19 win over Georgia.

Hardy will be the third scrumhalf in the side, with Tomos Williams and Gareth Davies the other two in the original 33-man squad.

Commenting on the scrumhalf’s inclusion, Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “We feel we have a number of options in the back row at the moment.

“We’ve decided to call up Kieran to give us extra cover at scrumhalf and to take some pressure off from a training perspective.”

The 27-year-old Hardy will join up with Wales in Versailles on Sunday to join preparations for the Argentina game.

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Wales face Argentina in a World Cup quarterfinal in Marseille on Saturday, October 14.

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