Wales cen­tre Davies ruled out of Six Na­tions

The Independent - - Sport / Rugby Union - JACK AUSTIN

Wales cen­tre Jonathan Davies is set to miss next year’s Six Na­tions Cham­pi­onship after suf­fer­ing a hor­ror an­kle in­jury dur­ing the clos­ing mo­ments of Satur­day’s 29-21 de­feat to Aus­tralia.

Davies was stretchered off after fall­ing awk­wardly in the tackle and rolling his an­kle at the Prin­ci­pal­ity, but the in­jury is worse than first feared mean­ing he will need surgery and will miss the en­tirety of next sea­son’s cham­pi­onship as a re­sult.

It comes as a huge dis­ap­point­ment for the 29-year-old who was in the form of his life and was re­cently la­belled one of the best cen­tres in the world by the Aus­tralian camp fol­low­ing his man-of-the-se­ries

per­for­mances for the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Li­ons in New Zealand.

In a state­ment on Twit­ter, the Welsh Rugby Union con­firmed: “Jonathan Davies will un­dergo surgery to his foot fol­low­ing the in­jury sus­tained against Aus­tralia. It is en­vis­aged that re­cov­ery will be in the re­gion of six months. Get well soon Jon!” The news was also con­firmed by the Scar­lets.

It is a dou­ble blow for Warren Gat­land as he was keen to freshen up Wales’ tac­tics and move away from ‘War­ren­ball’ by play­ing a sec­ond fly-half at in­side cen­tre, with Owen Wil­liams start­ing along­side Dan Big­gar and Davies in what looked like a promis­ing mid­field tri­umvi­rate.

Gat­land’s com­mit­ment to mov­ing to­wards a more free-run­ning style of rugby with two play­mak­ers – as he did in the sum­mer with the Li­ons – was un­der­lined by Owen Watkins and Rhys Patchell also be­ing called up, with the likes of Scott Wil­liams and Jamie Roberts miss­ing out on the ini­tial squad.

Jonathan Davies twisted his an­kle dur­ing Wales's de­feat by Aus­tralia (Getty)

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