‘JONATHAN DAVIES IS A MAS­SIVE LOSS’

Shaun Ed­wards ‘in­cred­i­bly up­set’ as in­jured star ruled out of au­tumn se­ries and Six Na­tions:

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AUS­TRALIA wing Marika Koroi­bete has wished Jonathan Davies a speedy re­cov­ery af­ter the Wales cen­tre was ruled out for six months by foot surgery.

It was dur­ing Koroi­bete’s tackle in the Wal­la­bies’ 29-21 vic­tory in Cardiff on Satur­day that Davies suf­fered the in­jury that is likely to end the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lion’s sea­son.

“It was un­lucky. I made my tackle and he landed on his foot. I feel sorry for him and hope he re­cov­ers,” Koroi­bete said.

Rugby league con­vert Koroi­bete is set to make a sixth ap­pear­ance for Aus­tralia when they face Eng­land at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day in pur­suit of a fourth suc­ces­sive Test win.

“It will be a big chal­lenge against Eng­land. They’re one of the best teams in the world and it’s a big chal­lenge for us. Hope­fully it will be a good game,” Koroi­bete said.

“We have a special bond this year and every­one looks af­ter each other and helps each other.

“Last year when I was a part of this tour I was a pas­sen­ger be­cause I was set­tling in. I sat in the crowd against Wales watch­ing the boys and en­joy­ing the at­mos­phere.

“So it was good to ac­tu­ally play against Wales and feel the en­ergy of the crowd.”

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