Former Wales scrum-half Rob Howley will go under the knife next month.
Howley is playing through the pain barrier as he leads his side towards a prestigious Heineken Cup-Zurich Premiership double, but faces the surgeons on June 23.
The 59-cap veteran needs surgery on his right wrist to keep alive his dreams of going on a third British and Irish Lions tour next year. The operation will put him on the sidelines for up to four months.
'I've broken the scaphoid bone,' Howley confirmed yesterday, referring to a small bone that acts like a ball bearing in the wrist joint.
'I've got a date for June 23, and if things go well with the rehab and suchlike, I should be back playing by the middle of October or the beginning of November.
'The doctors tell me I'm not risking further damage by playing these next two games.'
Wasps play Toulouse in the Heineken Cup final at Twickenham on Sunday, and Bath in the Zurich Premiership final at the same venue the following Saturday.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.