Beard lifts Wales by bulk­ing up for his timely re­turn to full train­ing

Lock re­gains lost weight af­ter ap­pen­dix surgery Squad ‘in a good place’ for fi­nale to Pool D

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Adam Beard, the Wales lock, is back in full train­ing ahead of the team’s fi­nal two pool matches, fol­low­ing his ap­pen­dix surgery last month.

Beard stayed be­hind for his op­er­a­tion as the rest of the squad flew to Ja­pan, be­fore link­ing up with the team in Toy­ota ahead of their open­ing match against Ge­or­gia.

The 6ft 8in se­cond row has since worked hard to re­gain the weight he lost fol­low­ing surgery. Beard has been eat­ing “what­ever he wanted” af­ter ar­riv­ing in Ja­pan, with Paul Strid­geon, Wales’s head of phys­i­cal per­for­mance, de­tail­ing the work that has gone in to help­ing the player get back to full fit­ness.

“Beardy had that op­er­a­tion and then he lost three or four ki­los,” Strid­geon said. “We’ve just been getting as much food into him as we can; some sup­ple­men­ta­tion.

“He’s been work­ing hard, do­ing ex­tra weights ses­sions as well, and he’s re­habbed well. He’s back into full train­ing this week, so he’s done well. He might be a cou­ple of ki­los down on what he was be­fore, but that won’t af­fect him in the game.”

Wales have made the most of a 10-day break fol­low­ing their win over Aus­tralia, be­fore ramp­ing up their prepa­ra­tions to face Fiji on Wed­nes­day. Fin­ish­ing top of Pool D re­mains a pri­or­ity for Strid­geon, given that Wales would ben­e­fit from a full week’s turn­around fol­low­ing Sun­day’s fi­nal pool fix­ture against Uruguay in Ku­mamoto, ahead of a po­ten­tial quar­ter-fi­nal in Oita against France.

Strid­geon, who has worked with Eng­land, Wasps, Toulon and the British and Ir­ish Li­ons, said of the cur­rent Wales squad: “It’s the best­pre­pared group I’ve worked with, by far. The boys are in a good place phys­i­cally.”

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