Wales injury woes continue with four players doubtful for Australia
Wales look set to end the Autumn Nations Series racked with more injuries. Head coach Wayne Pivac will need assessments on four players ahead of next Saturday’s autumn finale against Australia in Cardiff.
Prop Tomas Francis had already pulled out after suffering concussion during training, while his fellow front-row forward WillGriff John and lock Will Rowlands suffered head knocks in Wales’ 38-23 victory over Fiji.
And Pivac then saw several of his original squad – including captain Alun Wyn Jones and fellow British and Irish Lions like Ken Owens, Ross Moriarty and Taulupe Faletau – sidelined at various stages of the autumn schedule.
“With a six-day turnaround, we will have to see how they (John and Rowlands) are on Monday,” Pivac said. “It could be we dig a bit deeper into the squad.
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“As it happened on Friday, Tomas Francis is already a couple of days into the protocols and has passed those so far, so he is currently on track.
“Josh felt something in his leg in the warm-up. It was a late change in the changing room, but these things can happen and you just have to adapt.
“Hopefully, it won’t keep him out for too long. That was precautionary.”
Wales will tackle an Australian side beaten by Scotland and England during the autumn series, and having toppled the Wallabies twice in succession following a run of 13 successive defeats against them.
Pivac added: “Australia are well-coached – I know Dave Rennie very well.
“They have got a lot of quality throughout the side. They will be hurting after the last couple of games.
“We expect them to come and be physical. If the weather’s good, it will be free-flowing, too, with any luck.”
Pivac, meanwhile, has received some positive fitness news, with Dragons hooker Elliot Dee being recalled to the Wales squad.
Dee, who has won 40 caps, suffered a neck injury last month while in United Rugby Championship action for the Dragons.
The Welsh Rugby Union said: “Dee made a return to action last Friday in Dragons A’s starting line-up for the friendly fixture against Scarlets Development.
“Kirby Myhill, who made his international debut against New Zealand in Wales’ opening Autumn Nations Series Test, has returned to Cardiff Rugby.”
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