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Charteris joins Wales training squad

Wales' RBS 6 Nations title push has been given a boost with World Cup lock Luke Charteris in the selection mix for next Saturday's Millennium Stadium clash against Italy.

The 6ft 9in Newport Gwent Dragons forward made his return in the Dragons' league defeat to Munster two days ago.

He had not played since the World Cup, when a string of impressive displays helped Wales secure a semi-final place, because of a wrist injury but has now officially joined the Six Nations training squad, the Welsh Rugby Union said.

Coach Warren Gatland will name his team for the Italy game on Tuesday, and it is possible that Charteris could be involved in the matchday 22.

Victory for Wales would then leave them needing a win against France on Saturday week to guarantee the second Six Nations title and Grand Slam of Gatland's four-year reign.

Centre Jamie Roberts remains Wales' biggest fitness concern as the squad reassembled at their training base on Monday.

Roberts went off at half-time against England nine days ago due to a knee injury, and he is battling for full fitness ahead of the Azzurri's Cardiff visit.

If Roberts is ruled out, it is likely that Scott Williams - Wales' try-scoring matchwinner at Twickenham - will partner his Scarlets colleague Jonathan Davies in midfield.


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