We’ll get over Davies loss

Daily Express - - SPORT - ALEX BY­WA­TER

WALES have been urged to sum­mon the spirit of 2015 af­ter Jonathan Davies was ruled out for six months with a hor­ror an­kle in­jury.

The Lions cen­tre, man of the se­ries against New Zealand in the sum­mer, is set to go un­der the knife af­ter leav­ing the field late on in last Satur­day’s 29-21 de­feat by Aus­tralia.

Davies will miss the rest of the Un­der Ar­mour Se­ries and the 2018 Six Na­tions in a big blow for head coach War­ren Gat­land

“Jon is a mas­sive loss and they are big shoes to fill. He is prob­a­bly the form No 13 in world rugby,” said de­fence coach Shaun Ed­wards. “I am in­cred­i­bly up­set for Jon. It is his third re­ally big in­jury in the past three or four years. I am not say­ing he is ir­re­place­able, but it would def­i­nitely be one of the po­si­tions you would least want to lose.

“But the last World Cup was a great ex­am­ple of where you get in­juries and you just have to get over it.

“We were in the tough­est group there has ever been in that tour­na­ment and we had an hor­rific in­jury list. Peo­ple were fall­ing down left, right and cen­tre, and we still got through it. We have to show a bit of the re­silience we have shown in the past.”

Wales host Georgia in Cardiff on Satur­day and Gat­land is ex­pected to make whole­sale changes. Ed­wards added: “It’s prob­a­bly Georgia’s big­gest game for 10 years out­side of World Cups.

“They are fight­ing des­per­ately for Six Na­tions en­try and they know a good per­for­mance against us would put them in good stead.

“We are play­ing a pretty strong team and we are not un­der­es­ti­mat­ing Georgia.”

Hal­lam Amos, who is set to start in the back three, said: “Play­ing at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium will be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for Georgia.

“They will be re­ally fired up and we have to deal with that. It’s a mas­sive game for them, their World Cup fi­nal.”

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