Davies blow Ed­wards rues in­jury loss

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - Andrew Bal­dock

Shaun Ed­wards be­lieves Wales have lost pos­si­bly world rugby’s form out­side cen­tre af­ter Jonathan Davies sus­tained a shat­ter­ing in­jury blow.

Davies will be side­lined for six months, rul­ing him out of Wales’s au­tumn se­ries games with Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa, plus the Six Na­tions.

He re­quires surgery on the foot in­jury he sus­tained dur­ing the dy­ing sec­onds of Wales’s 29-21 de­feat by Aus­tralia in Cardiff on Satur­day.

It is a ma­jor blow for Wales and Scar­lets to lose Davies, who was Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions player of the se­ries against New Zealand.

“I am in­cred­i­bly up­set for the player,” Wales as­sis­tant coach and de­fence spe­cial­ist Ed­wards said. “He is one of the form 13s, if not the form 13, in world rugby. He is go­ing to take some re­plac­ing.

“They are big shoes to fill. I have a lot of work to do in the next three weeks and the Six Na­tions.

“I am not say­ing he is ir­re­place­able, but it [13] would be one of the po­si­tions you would least want to lose.”

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