Gavin Henson has been withdrawn from the Wales squad which travels to Scotland this afternoon (Friday, 6 February) in preparation for the opening match of their RBS 6 Nations title defence at Murrayfield on Sunday.
The Ospreys centre has failed to recover from a calf strain and is to be replaced in the starting line-up by Tom Shanklin, who slots in at outside centre with his Cardiff Blues team-mate Jamie Roberts reverting to the number 12 position. Another Ospreys centre, Andrew Bishop, takes up the spot vacated by Shanklin on the bench.
Henson's injury will be re-assessed next week and no further information will be available until that time.
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.