Mo­ri­arty back in Novem­ber

The Rugby Paper - - News -

WALES will be forced to rule a sec­ond Lions flanker out of ac­tion un­til the New Year – Ross Mo­ri­arty.

The Glouces­ter block­buster will miss the Au­tumn series but hopes to be fight­ing fit in time for the Six Na­tions. His ab­sence along­side Lions cap­tain Sam War­bur­ton leaves Wales with a gap­ing va­cancy on the blind­side – one of sev­eral is­sues to be ad­dressed be­fore nam­ing their squad in ten days’ time.

Mo­ri­arty has not played since dam­ag­ing his back dur­ing the open­ing match of the Lions tour.

Mo­ri­arty has now been given the go-ahead to started light train­ing with the aim of play­ing again be­fore Christ­mas.

“Ross is not go­ing to be back in time for the au­tumn matches,’’ his fa­ther, for­mer dual-code in­ter­na­tional Paul Mo­ri­arty, said yes­ter­day. “We are look­ing to­wards the end of Novem­ber.

“This is the first week he’s done any train­ing. Once he starts up­ping his work rate he will have a bet­ter idea of where he is. We are more con­cerned that he is fine for the rest of his life.”

Mo­ri­arty’s life with the Lions started and fin­ished on the first Satur­day, against New Zealand Bar­bar­ians. “This is the first time he’s had to deal with ad­ver­sity,’’ Mo­ri­arty snr, added. “You go on a Lions tour and af­ter the first 80 min­utes you’re told it’s all over. That’s hard to take. Now that he can see a light at the end of the tun­nel he is feel­ing a lot bet­ter.”

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