Wales' Six Nations takes another blow

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:20
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INJURY UPDATE: Wales flyhalf Rhys Priestland is set to miss a huge portion of the Six Nations due to an injury, adding to head coach Warren Gatland's selection headaches.

The 31-year-old - capped 50 times but behind Dan Biggar in the pecking order - injured his hamstring in the European Champions Cup clash between his side Bath and former club Scarlets last weekend.

He was included in the 39-man Six Nations squad this week but further checks led to the decision for him to stay with his club.

"Following further assessments and consultation with a specialist, it has been concluded that due to the severity of Rhys Priestland's hamstring injury, he will remain at Bath Rugby for ongoing rehabilitation and will not link up with the Wales squad on Monday morning," read a statement from the Welsh Rugby Union.

"It is envisaged that the injury will preclude him from taking an active part for the majority of the Six Nations, hence this course of action has been deemed the most appropriate,"

Gatland is already without back row forwards Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate for the whole of the tournament as well as star centre Jonathan Davies.

No.8 Taulupe Faletau is recovering from knee trouble and won't be back until late February or early March.

Wales begin their campaign at home to Scotland on February 3.

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Sat, 24 February 2018
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Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
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Sun, 25 February 2018
Zebre v Cardiff Blues 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 15h30 Allianz Park
Fri, 02 March 2018
Blues v Chiefs 06h35 Eden Park
Reds v Brumbies 09h00 Suncorp Stadium
Kings v Dragons 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Munster 19h35 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Harlequins v Bath 19h45 Twickenham Stoop
Sat, 03 March 2018
Sunwolves v Rebels 22h00 Tokyo
Crusaders v Stormers 06h35 Christchurch
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Sat, 24 February 2018
Waratahs v Stormers 34 | 27
Crusaders v Chiefs 45 | 23
Sunwolves v Brumbies 25 | 32
Fri, 23 February 2018
France v Italy 34 | 17
Leinster v Kings 64 | 7
Dragons v Edinburgh 12 | 25
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 21 | 10
Rebels v Reds 45 | 19
Highlanders v Blues 41 | 34
Mon, 19 February 2018
NWU-Pukke v UJ 18 | 15
UCT-Ikeys v Shimlas 27 | 32
Maties v CUT-Ixias 75 | 12
NMMU-Madibaz v Wits 29 | 32
Sun, 18 February 2018
Dragons v Treviso 15 | 18
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13 | 7
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Ireland 2 2 0 0 9
England 2 2 0 0 9
Wales 2 1 0 1 6
France 3 1 0 2 6
Scotland 2 1 0 1 4
Italy 3 0 0 3 0