Support for Stoddart
Morgan Stoddart's Wales and Scarlets team-mates are ready to give him all the support he needs after his World Cup dream was shattered by an horrific injury.
As the Wales players begin to prepare for a Millennium Stadium rematch against England next Saturday, Stoddart remains in London's Charing Cross Hospital awaiting further assessment on a broken left leg sustained in Saturday's 23-19 defeat at Twickenham.
"It is heartbreaking for him," said Wales centre Jamie Roberts. "He is a great fella who has trained very hard over the last couple of months."
Stoddart suffered the injury when he was tackled by England full-back Delon Armitage, having just intercepted a pass, and the extent of it quickly became clear.
England scrum-half Danny Care helped stop play quickly so Stoddart could receive urgent medical attention. Care, Riki Flutey and Richard Wigglesworth are among England players who have tweeted their best wishes to Stoddart.
Wales centre Jonathan Davies, a Scarlets colleague of Stoddart's, added: "It is terrible news. I am gutted for him because he has worked so hard to get here in the last couple of months.
"I know rugby is a hard game, but when you see a friend that you play rugby with every day pick up an injury like that, it is tough to take.
"I just wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets back to full fitness."
And Wales scrum-half Tavis Knoyle, another Scarlets player, said: "Morgan is a great guy, one of my best friends.
"He worked so hard to come back from a previous injury, and I am sure he will do so again."