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Gatland weighs up replacement for injured Navidi


By Andrew Baldock

Wales are set to call a back into their World Cup squad as a replacement for hamstring injury victim Josh Navidi.

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Cardiff Blues winger Owen Lane seems likely to be the one who will jet out for the semi-final with South Africa, with Ospreys centre Scott Williams also considered a possibility.

Flanker Navidi will miss the remainder of the tournament due to an injury that forced him off during a 20-19 quarter-final victory over France on Sunday.

In terms of a replacement for Navidi, Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "No, it won't be a back-rower. Probably someone in the back-line. We haven't made that decision yet. We've just got to wait until we get that approval from World Rugby and then look to bring someone in.

"We've got six back-rowers and we've got five fit at the moment. We have been a little bit short in numbers in the backs, so it probably will be a back who comes out as a replacement.

"It's a grade two hamstring, so it's at least a couple of weeks.

"It's disappointing for him (Navidi). Hopefully we will keep him out here. Since he's gone so far in the tournament it will be nice for him to stay out for the next couple of weeks.

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"He has been very influential and important in the last year. It's disappointing to have a player ruled out but, in saying that, these games are so physical, and to have only one player ruled out at this stage is a real positive.

"We've got a meeting to decide who that potential replacement will be. There are a number of options."

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