Injury blow for Williams
Star wing Shane Williams has been ruled out of Wales' RBS 6 Nations clash against France on Saturday.
Williams, Wales' record try-scorer with 53 Test touchdowns, suffered a knee injury during the 19-13 victory over Ireland three days ago. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with posterior cruciate ligament damage, although he will not require surgery.
"Shane will be out of action for a period of six to eight weeks after sustaining damage to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the match at the weekend," said Prav Mathema, Wales' medical manager. "Thankfully there is no need for surgical intervention, and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation which will see him return to full fitness."
Williams' replacement in the starting line-up for Paris, which Wales coach Warren Gatland will announce on Thursday, is expected to be George North or Morgan Stoddart.
If Williams carries out his plans to retire from Test rugby after the World Cup in New Zealand later this year, then he has now played his final Six Nations game.
And his absence is a major blow for Gatland, with Wales still holding an outside chance of the Six Nations title, although they need to beat France, rely on Ireland to defeat England and see a points swing of more than 40.
After this weekend, Wales' next fixture is against the Barbarians in Cardiff on June 4 before World Cup warm-up appointments with England (twice) and Argentina in August.
North, 18, had already been added to the squad ahead of Wales' Paris trip, so no further call-ups are expected.
Scarlets prospect North scored two tries on his Wales debut against world champions South Africa in November, but then suffered a shoulder injury and only recently began his comeback.