The centre will undergo surgery next week and will then begin his rehabilitation process with the region’s medical team.
New Wales coach Wayne Pivac had named a 35-man squad last week to prepare for his first fixture in charge at the Principality Stadium.
The game isn’t a capped international but Halaholo was one of five players hoping to pull on the red national jersey for the first time, Taine Basham, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Ashton Hewitt and Johnny McNicholl being the other four.
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Halaholo and McNicholl were not the first players to qualify for a country on residency, but their inclusion in Pivac’s Wales squad didn’t please everyone.
The Wales squad already has Hadleigh Parkes in it, a player born and raised in New Zealand who moved to Wales in 2014, but the latest inclusion of Blues’ Halaholo and Scarlets’ McNicholl, both of whom are also from New Zealand, proven quite contentious.
Welsh talent ID in England is nothing new but with a new seam of gifted players plying their trade over the border, the battle to wear red or white shows no signs of letting up
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) November 23, 2019
Former Wales and British and Irish Lions international Gavin Henson was one player to speak up about this selection last week, describing it as “so wrong” to his followers on Twitter.
“Parent or grandparent is totally fine. Residency should only count if they’ve spent a certain amount of time in that country in their childhood.”
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