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Ellis Jenkins called into Wales squad to replace injured Dan Lydiate

Published 29/05/2016

Dan Lydiate looks set to miss Wales' tour of New Zealand through injury
Dan Lydiate looks set to miss Wales' tour of New Zealand through injury

Ellis Jenkins has been called into Wales' squad for the New Zealand tour after Dan Lydiate was injured during Sunday's 27-13 defeat against England.

Lydiate, who captained Wales in the absence of Sam Warburton at Twickenham, went off midway through the first half at Twickenham.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland gave a bleak update after the match, admitting a "miracle" would be required for the 57-times capped Ospreys flanker to recover in time, and the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed soon after that Lydiate would not be flying out with his team-mates on Monday.

"He is struggling," Gatland said. "He has got a hamstring and potentially an AC (shoulder) injury as well.

"I think Dan has got to process it himself in terms of the tour could already be over for him.

"It is incredibly disappointing that it is unlikely he is going to be getting on the plane (on Monday).

"He will go back to the hotel to have ice and stuff. The assessment from our physios doesn't look very positive at the moment."

The WRU pinpointed the shoulder issue as the reason for Lydiate missing the three-Test trip, and said uncapped Cardiff Blues flanker Jenkins - a former Wales Under-20 captain - would link up with the squad before they depart on Monday.

" Ellis Jenkins has been called into Wales' squad to tour New Zealand after injury to Dan Lydiate," a statement from the governing body read.

"Lydiate, who led Wales against England at Twickenham this afternoon, has suffered a shoulder injury, which he will fail to recover from in time for the three-Test series.

"Uncapped Cardiff Blues flanker Jenkins, a former Wales U20 captain, will link up with the squad before they depart for New Zealand on Monday evening."

Wales were already without wing Alex Cuthbert and flanker Justin Tipuric through injuries for the New Zealand tour, while Warburton is recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him this weekend.

Warburton, though, is expected to be fit for the opening Test against New Zealand in Auckland on June 11.

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