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Aussie Shane Warne taunts England ahead of do-or-die rugby clash

England captain Chris Robshaw (right) and Tom Wood leave the field dejected after defeat to Wales at Twickenham
England captain Chris Robshaw (right) and Tom Wood leave the field dejected after defeat to Wales at Twickenham

Legendary Australia cricketer Shane Warne has twisted the knife ahead of England's crucial clash with the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup next week.

It is now a must-win game for England following their 28-25 defeat to Wales on Saturday night.

Warne said: "Congrats Wales, even sweeter when Australia Smash England next week and knock them out of the tournament hahah ... Dry your eyes England!!"

A host of other celebrities and sporting figures have hailed the Wales team following their stunning victory.

Injury-ravaged Wales battled back from 10 points behind to overcome the home side at Twickenham, prompting a rapturous reaction from some big names.

Actor Samuel L Jackson had some words of comfort for England captain Chris Robshaw, who came under fire after the tournament hosts opted to kick for touch in the hope of scoring a match-winning try rather than attempt a draw-salvaging shot at goal from a late penalty.

Jackson tweeted: "Tough but epic game @ChrisRobshaw. Still all to play for against Oz. Hope Wales can get backline together for Fiji!"

Welsh actor Michael Sheen could not hide his joy, saying: "What unbelievable character! Mighty. Costly. Unforgettable. So proud!"

"I'm still running round the kitchen," he later added.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale posted a picture of himself pointing at the Pool A table, which Wales now sit top of. He said: "What a game!! Come on Wales."

Singer Katherine Jenkins, who is pregnant with her first child, posted: "I'm not sure all this excitement is good for someone in my condition!"

England's 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning hero Jonny Wilkinson was gracious, praising Wales' kicker Dan Biggar in particular.

He said: "Respect and congrats to Wales for a great win. Thought Dan Biggar was phenomenal. Having played against him, I know he deserves all of it."