Craig Quinnell's Six Nations season is almost certainly over following a freak training accident. The 26-year-old Cardiff lock, who played for Wales in Saturday's Six Nations defeat by France, suffered a knee injury during a session of touch rugby
on Monday. He underwent a scan in Cardiff yesterday (Wednesday) and the initial predictions that he will miss the next six weeks.
It means the 19-stone second row is poised to miss the remaining Championship games against Italy, England and Scotland.
The news comes just five days after the former Llanelli and Richmond forward capped his 32nd Welsh appearance with the first of three Wales tries in the 37-33 defeat by Les Blues. Cardiff chief executive Bob Norster said, "I am waiting to speak fully to the medical staff but it's obviously of some concern for the player and ourselves. Craig has been playing well for Cardiff and Wales and to suffer an injury at this stage of the season is disappointing for all concerned."
His place in the Wales team for the game against Italy could go to Ian Gough, although coach Steve Hansen might opt for a second row partnership of Chris Wyatt and Andy Moore, providing the former is fit enough to return.
Gareth Thomas, who was axed from the Wales A squad last week, after failing to pitch up for a training session, has been invited to train with the senior squad this week, whilst Brett Sinkinson and Iestyn Thomas are also included in an extended party who will meet up again today (Thursday).
Hansen is likely to name his side for the Italian job on Monday morning and unless there are injuries over the weekend, he is unlikely to make sweeping changes. Spencer John and Robin McBryde could be dropped with Duncan Jones and Barry Williams waiting in the wings. Tom Shanklin is another under pressure but his centre partner Andy Marinos is sure to get a second start.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.