James King is battling to be fit for Junior World Champinships
The Aberavon and Ospreys lock James King has been ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks after suffering a knee injury in Wales Under 20's recent Six Nations defeat by England.
The 19-year-old, who has made four appearances for the Ospreys this season, is now targeting a return to full fitness in time to push for a place in the Welsh squad to go to the IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina this June. Wales begin their campaign against Samoa, before facing Fiji and then New Zealand in their final pool match.
"James sustained a dislocated left patella, as well as rupturing associated soft tissue. Fortunately, he does not require surgery," said Ospreys Physio, Daloni Lucas.
"He initially faces a period of non-weight bearing on the injured leg to allow the ruptured tissue to heal, after which he faces a period of rehabilitation to regain leg strength. In total, he is looking at a 10-12 week lay-off, which should hopefully see him returning to fitness in time to make the Junior World Championships should he be selected."
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.
Coach Richard Hodges is hoping Wales U20 can put a disappointing campaign behind them when they tackle Japan tomorrow as they look to finish the U20 Championship strongly to secure a good seeding for next year's tournament.