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.
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.