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Ospreys reveal extent of Scott Williams' injury and it's not good news for Wales

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Scott Williams an injury down for Autumn internationals (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales have been dealt a blow with news that Scott Williams could miss the start of the Autumn internationals.

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The centre picked up a hamstring injury in the Ospreys 46-14 PRO14 win over the Cheetahs on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium.

In a statement the Ospreys said: “The medical team completed their investigations earlier this week and the summer signing has begun his rehab programme, looking at a best case scenario of a six to eight week recovery timescale”.

Wales’ first Autumn international is against Scotland on November 3rd, with Australia coming to the Millennium Stadium seven days later. They face Tonga on November 17th and wrap up their series against the Springboks on November 24th.

Williams not the only player in the Ospreys medical room, he’s one of 12 players out. The other more recent knock was suffered by Lloyd Ashley, who has also been sidelined for a similar period.

“Ashley injured his AC joint on Friday evening playing for the Ospreys Development team against Scarlets A in Bridgend and is looking at a spell on the sidelines of six to eight weeks”, the Ospreys said.

The Ospreys face Munster at Irish Indepenedent Park in Cork later on Friday. Head Coach Allen Clarke has made 12 changes for that match.

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”It’s been a good start to the campaign with two home wins. Munster away presents a different challenge, particularly as we’ve made changes to the team,” he said.

“Squad management is important but so too is player opportunity. Selection represents what we’ve observed throughout pre-season and provides individuals an opportunity to be tested against a quality team.

“The players coming in have earned our trust and the right to wear the shirt; they fully understand the level of performance expected of them on Friday night. As a club it’s important for us to show progress and grow collectively, recognising the tests ahead and the demands of the season schedule.”

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Mzilikazi 3 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

An hugely interesting article. Thanks, Nick. Some seem to find this a poor 6 N, but I think it has thrown up a number of fascinating contests. Ofc the falling away of France is always going to be a major point of discussion. The loss of both half backs has hurt them for sure. But they should still be better. Both France and England could easily have been sitting with three defeats right now, especially France. In England’s case, I thought the try Mitchell scored against the Italians was lucky, as he was clearly held in the tackle , but carried on to the line without releasing and regaining the ball. The English blitz defence being talked about so much is still a work in progress, and Ireland, with their powerful men in both backs and forwards can do damage there. I also thought in last weekends game against Scotland, England were pushingtheir luck at the breakdowns, turning them into a chaotic brawl. A different referee may not see it their way so much against Ireland and France. Ireland’s front row does concern me. The starters have not always looked in control, and Andrew Porter is a worry, as he will now be very closely watched in these next two games. Tadgh Furlong is not the player he was at the set piece, and will need to be on his mettle against the very streetwise Genge at Twickenham. I really enjoyed the stats heavy approach in this article. So much that passes one by are brought starkly into the light of day. Finn Russell’s deadly accuracy, the significance of the Welsh backrow duo, Italy’s attacking drop of under a new coach, as they are coming much closer to winning in these games this year.

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