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Four more Wales players potentially out of Autumn Nations Series

By Ian Cameron
George North /PA

Wayne Pivac’s Wales have been hit by a spate of late injuries on the eve of the Autumn Nations Series.

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In recent weeks Pivac has had to worry about being without star flyhalf Dan Biggar, but a brutal weekend in the URC has added fresh casualties to a seemingly ever-growing injury list.

George North and Dewi Lake have both suffered injuries that are likely to rule them out of one or more games during the series. North left the field during the Ospreys loss to the Dragons with a knee injury, while Lake had his arm in a sling after the game with what is reportedly a shoulder injury.

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It has also emerged that British & Irish Lions wingers Josh Adams and Alex Cuthbert also look likely to miss at least a chunk of the November Test window as a result of ongoing injuries.

Adding to Pivac’s woes are that Biggar’s potential replacement, Gareth Anscombe is yet to recover from a rib injury, while recalled veteran Leigh Halfpenny pulled out of the Scarlets game on the weekend with a hamstring issue.

Pivac is already without Dragons back row Taine Basham and prop Leon Brown, Cardiff lock Seb Davies, back row Josh Navidi and star fullback Liam Williams; Scarlets prop Wyn Jones and centre Johnny Williams.

An additional six players could now be added to compound Pivac’s ever-dwindling selection resources.

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Of course injuries to star players could potentially open the door for up-and-comers to make a name for themselves in a Wales matchday 22. Dragons winger Rio Dyer continues to impress at Rodney Parade for example, while looseforward Tommy Reffel has been pulling up proverbial trees for Leicester Tigers in this season’s Gallagher Premiership.

UNAVAILABLE: Taine Basham, Dan Biggar, Leon Brown, Seb Davies, Wyn Jones, Josh Navidi, Johnny Williams, Liam Williams, George North, Dewi Lake, Josh Adams, Alex Cuthbert

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