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Jonathan Davies is out of Wales' World Cup glory bid

By Andrew Baldock

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has put an emphasis on centre Jonathan Davies' "long-term career" after the Clermont Auvergne star suffered World Cup heartache.

Davies has been ruled out of Wales' World Cup campaign later this year due to a serious knee injury.

The 27-year-old was hurt playing for Clermont against Top 14 opponents Montpellier last Saturday, and he now faces surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Davies, who has won 48 caps and played in all three Tests for the Gatland-coached 2013 British and Irish Lions against Australia, faces a lay-off of six to seven months with the tournament starting in September.

He would have been an integral part of Gatland's World Cup squad, with his midfield partnership alongside Jamie Roberts proving to be a bedrock of recent Wales successes.

Gatland said: "It's a disappointment for Jonathan and for us, but the advice is for him to have the surgery straight away.

"Obviously, the injury rules him out of the World Cup, but our focus is his long-term career.

"We will be working closely with him during his recovery, looking towards the Six Nations."

Experienced Scarlets centre Scott Williams would be the obvious replacement for Davies in Gatland's starting line-up.

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