Roberts re­called by Wales af­ter Davies in­jury

The Guardian - Sport - - Rugby Union - Paul Rees

Wales have re­called Jamie Roberts to pro­vide mid­field cover for Jonathan Davies af­ter the Lions’ player of the se­ries in New Zealand suf­fered an an­kle in­jury in the de­feat by Aus­tralia.

Wales did not is­sue an update on Davies’s con­di­tion but an­kle lig­a­ment dam­age is sus­pected and War­ren Gat­land said on Satur­day that the in­jury “did not look good.”

The only di­rect re­place­ment for Davies, an out­side-cen­tre, is Owen Watkin, the 21-year old Osprey who won his first cap against Aus­tralia when he re­placed Owen Wil­liams 12 min­utes from the end.

If Davies is ruled out for the rest of the se­ries, which con­tin­ues with Ge­or­gia on Satur­day be­fore New Zealand and South Africa roll up, Gat­land has the op­tion of play­ing Scott Wil­liams at 13 hav­ing used Owen Wil­liams as a sec­ond play­maker at 12 against the Wal­la­bies.

“We’re still wait­ing on Jon,” said the skills coach Neil Jenk­ins. “Ev­ery­one saw it and it doesn’t look great. He’s go­ing to strug­gle for the rest of this au­tumn but we hope it’s not too se­ri­ous. I’m not say­ing he’s out but we just need to see where he’s at. He’s world-class but Jamie will fit in nat­u­rally, an out­stand­ing player who was un­lucky to miss out orig­i­nally.”

The 31-year old Roberts, who cap­tained Wales on their sum­mer tour to Tonga and Samoa, was dropped last month for the first time since Gat­land took over in 2007.

The Bath prop Scott An­drews also re­ported for train­ing yes­ter­day morning. He was brought in as cover with Sam­son Lee, who missed the match against Aus­tralia, strug­gling with an achilles ten­don prob­lem.

An­drews is on loan at Bath from Cardiff Blues, which would lead to a poser if he is needed for the fi­nal match of the se­ries against South Africa. The game falls out­side the of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional win­dow and clubs are not obliged to re­lease play­ers.

The tight­head To­mas Fran­cis will re­turn to Ex­eter but it is a mat­ter for ne­go­ti­a­tion whether An­drews would be cov­ered by Premier­ship Rugby’s blanket ban on play­ers be­ing re­leased for fourth in­ter­na­tion­als. Wales ex­pect the scrumhalf Rhys Webb and the flanker Justin Tipuric to be avail­able this week­end.

Jamie Roberts is back in the Wales fold af­ter be­ing dropped for the first time in 10 years and must be sur­prised to be back so soon

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