Wales forwards Adam Beard and Cory Hill set to miss Rugby World Cup openeradmin
Wales Have Been set to be without locks Adam Beard and Cory Hill Because of their World Cup opener against Georgia on September 23.
Ospreys didn’t travel with the World Cup squad to Japan and Beard had his appendix removed in Wales.
And Hill is continuing his recovery from a stress fracture in his leg, staying on goal to be accessible for a consultation together with Australia on September 29.
“We have picked up a couple of injuries and there is a concern in the moment with all the second rows,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
“He [Beard] is hoping to return to Japan on Thursday.
“He is probably not likely to be available for selection to the Georgia game, however we’re hopeful – along with the medics are confident – that he will be available for selection to the Australia game.”
It indicates that Jake Ball will be skipper Alun Wyn Jones’ spouse against Georgia, together with flanker Aaron Shingler providing cover on the seat.
On Hill, Gatland included:”They [medics] are confident he will be available for selection against Australia.
“He’s been out of his boot and also on the training field today, even though he was not doing any running.
“Hopefully, then Georgia game he will be back coaching and available for selection.”
Fly-half Rhys Patchell has performed some non-contact job after suffering concussion during Wales’ final World Cup warm-up game against Ireland.
“He’s gone through the HIA [head injury assessment] protocols,” said Gatland.
“He was training this afternoon, just doing a few sprinkles stuff at this point.
“We will ease him back into touch work later in the week, so making sure we go through the protocols also ensure he’s 100 per cent and available for choice.”
The Wales squad are enjoying temperatures of 30 levels and sunshine from the southern city of Kitakyushu, where they’ll be established until Thursday.
They have also got a warm welcome, together with hundreds of schoolchildren greeting their birth at the airport while flags and banners of support are draped all over town.
“It is absolutely amazing,” said Gatland. “They’ve adopted Wales, the team and the culture, even putting the red dragon on their fire engines.
“For your players to see all of the flags and posters across the city has been very gruesome. It is brilliant that the city has behind us.
“There are so many similarities between Kitakyushu and Wales in terms of the history of the mining industry and the vents.
“There is undoubtedly a relationship , and hopefully we can continue to build on that.”
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