Wales face injury crisis ahead of France clash

Warren Gatland is being faced with an injury dilemma ahead of their Friday night RBS Six Nations meeting with France next week.

Mark Davies, the Welsh physio, has just confirmed that Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins and Gareth Williams will be unavailable for selection, and this follows the news that Alun Wyn Jones is out for the rest of the tournament with an elbow fracture.

The Welsh lock suffered the injury during the first half against Scotland, but played the full 80 minutes before a scan revealed a fracture that requires surgery.

Scarlets hooker Rees has failed to recover from a groin problem, Blues prop Gethin Jenkins has a calf injury and fellow Blues player, hooker Gareth Williams, has damaged knee ligaments.

Add to this the fact that Gatland has had to dismiss naughty boy Andy Powell for Golf Buggy-gate, and this could be a real issue for Wales.

Some people had backed Wales for a famous scalp – over one quarter of predictions on SportGuru are currently in Wales’ favour – but this may seriously hinder their prospects of an upset.

3 thoughts on “Wales face injury crisis ahead of France clash

  1. We’re doomed I’m afraid. Wales just won’t have the mustle up front or the consistancy in the linout to compete with France now. We’ll do well to finish with 3 wins.

  2. I had an idea that Wales might finish where they left off against Scotland, running with the ball and causing problems for the defence.

    Unfortunately, without a front five, they probably won’t get much ball, and given that 15-man France will be harder to run rings around than 13-man Scotland, I can only see that game going one way.

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