Wales and Scarlets back row forward Dafydd Jones will undergo surgery this afternoon (Monday) on the shoulder injury he picked up against New Zealand during the Millennium Stadium's Invesco Perpetual Series opener on Saturday.
Jones will miss the rest of the four-match series, with Samoa up next this Friday night before Argentina and then Australia come to town, as well as a possible further three months of rugby, but he will not be replaced in head coach Warren Gatland's now 28-man squad.
"Dafydd sprung his A/C joint on Saturday and the severity of the injury has lead to him undergoing a repair this afternoon," said Wales physio Mark Davies.
"The prospects for recovery are good and we would anticipate him returning to play early in the New Year."
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.