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Ospreys blast for Byrne

The Ospreys have criticised their Wales full-back Lee Byrne for failing to attend an appointment to see a specialist for his fractured thumb.

Byrne sustained the injury in last month's autumn international against New Zealand and missed Saturday's 33-16 victory over Edinburgh as a result.

His absence from a consultation organised by the Welsh Rugby Union led to a delay in discovering the severity of the injury, and in a sharply-worded statement, the Ospreys said: "The Ospreys were unfortunately not in a position to confirm the severity of the injury at an earlier date."

The statement continued: "This was despite it being flagged up by the WRU after Lee failed to attend a consultation with a specialist that had been arranged by the Union.

"He then failed to report to a scheduled screening on his return to the Ospreys.

"This meant the medical team were not in a position to effectively confirm a diagnosis of his injury status until late last week.

"On account of this he was named in the initial matchday squad for the Edinburgh match until the severity of the issue became clear."

Byrne has been ruled out for five weeks, forcing him to miss the Magners League clashes with Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and Leinster.

The 30-year-old Lion, who only recently recovered from a broken hand, is also a doubt for the final two of the Ospreys' Pool Three fixtures against London Irish and Toulon.

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