Ed­wards ‘in­cred­i­bly up­set’ over Davies loss

Western Mail - - SPORT - Si­mon Thomas Rugby cor­re­spon­dent si­mon.thomas@waleson­line.co.uk

SHAUN Ed­wards has ad­mit­ted Jonathan Davies is “a mas­sive loss” and one of the play­ers Wales would least want to be with­out.

The Lions Man of the Se­ries will miss the rest of the au­tumn cam­paign and the Six Na­tions af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous foot in­jury in the fi­nal play of last Satur­day’s 29-21 de­feat to Aus­tralia.

The Scar­let will re­quire surgery that is ex­pected to keep him out for six months and de­fence coach Ed­wards con­ceded that the cen­tre will be a very hard man to re­place.

“I’m ob­vi­ously in­cred­i­bly up­set for the player,” he said. “It’s his third re­ally big in­jury in the last three or four years.

“Our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.

“He’s one of the form, if not the form 13 in world rugby and he is go­ing to take some re­plac­ing. It’s a mas­sive loss and he’s got big shoes to fill, there’s no doubt about it.

“I have got a lot of work to do over the next three weeks and the Six Na­tions. I’m not say­ing he’s ir­re­place­able but he’s def­i­nitely one of the po­si­tions you would least want to lose.

“It’s un­be­liev­ably dis­ap­point­ing. But it’s just the way it goes some­times. The last World Cup was a great ex­am­ple that some­times you are go­ing to get in­juries and you just have to get over it.

“We were in the tough­est group there has ever been at the last World Cup and we had an hor­rific in­jury list, with peo­ple fall­ing down left, right and cen­tre and we still got through it.

“We have to show a bit of re­silience like we have shown in the past. I am sure there will be play­ers who will put their hand up to play 13.

“We will just have to look at it over the next three game and ob­vi­ously the Six Na­tions.”

Ed­wards was full of praise for the brav­ery shown by Davies’ cen­tre part­ner, Owen Wil­liams, who gave a good ac­count of him­self against the Wal­la­bies on his first Test start.

Whether he liked it or not, the Glouces­ter man was the face of Wales’ new at­tack­ing style but it was his de­fen­sive work that caught Ed­wards’ eye.

“Owen is a very metic­u­lous lad. He does his home­work on the com­put­ers,” he said.

“He looks at ev­ery dif­fer­ent as­pect of the op­po­si­tion at­tack.”

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