Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will undergo surgery tomorrow on his elbow which will see him in recovery for six to 12 weeks, ruling him out of the rest of the RBS 6 Nations championship.
Jones picked up the injury to his arm around the 36th minute mark of Wales' climactic victory over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, but after being assessed and treated at half time was able to continue and make a full contribution for the remainder of the game.
However, further investigation to the elbow has revealed a chipped bone and ligament damage which means surgical intervention is the best course of action.
"Alun experienced some swelling to the joint the day after the game and was sent for a scan, after receiving those results and after further consultation with surgeons today, it has been concluded that the chipped bone needs to be removed and the ligament to be repaired in order to ensure a stable joint," said Wales physio Mark Davies.
"The necessary period of recovery will be six to twelve weeks ruling him out of the rest of the six nations and allowing him to target an end of season return for the Ospreys."
Jones will not be replaced in the Wales squad meaning head coach Warren Gatland and his team of coaches will now train with a squad of 34 players as they prepare to face France at the Millennium Stadium a week next Friday night (26th February, Kick-off 8pm).
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.