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Saturday 20 December 2014

Diamond wants to see Peel in squad

Dwayne Peel
Dwayne Peel

Sale boss Steve Diamond has urged Wales coach Warren Gatland to hand Dwayne Peel a late reprieve and include him in his World Cup squad.

The Sale scrum-half - who turns 30 at the end of the month - has been left out of Wales` warm-up games and looks certain to be omitted from their final 30-man squad, which Gatland will announce next Monday.

"We want Dwayne to play in the World Cup, and I think Wales should have another look at their selection," said Sale`s executive director of sport.

"Yes, he did have a finger injury but he`s not missed one training session with us since June 6 and he was declared fit to go into contact in July.

"To be perfectly honest the Wales management haven`t spoken to me about Dwayne Peel in the six months that I`ve been at the club.

"Commonsense tells us that they`re not going to pick him, which is fantastic for Sale but not fantastic for him.

"He`s nearly 30 and he wants to go to the World Cup.

"When I joined the club that was made perfectly clear - we would get him fit and get him in a mindset to go to the World Cup for six, eight, 10 weeks and then come back to us for the next two to three years.

"He`s a great guy, a fantastic player and we`re very supportive of him.

"I just think it`s a lack of communication but certainly not from us. We`ve tried to speak to Wales about his situation but ultimately they haven`t played ball with any of the Premiership sides with their players."

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