Repeat autumn woe for Wales' Byrne
Published 26/10/2010 | 05:00
LEE BYRNE has been ruled out of Wales' first three November Tests, with Cardiff Blues winger Chris Czekaj called up as his replacement.
Ospreys full-back Byrne, who missed the entire November campaign last season because of injury, broke a bone in his hand during Sunday's Magners League defeat to Glasgow.
He is rated as having "an outside chance" of being fit for Wales' clash with New Zealand on November 27. Wales coach Warren Gatland is also awaiting fitness updates regarding wing Leigh Halfpenny and captain Ryan Jones, while lock Bradley Davies and scrum-half Richie Rees are said to have minor hamstring complaints.
Wales play Australia on November 6, followed by clashes with South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Charlie Hodgson has become the fifth player added to England's autumn Tests squad as cover after Jonny Wilkinson reported for duty with a shoulder problem.
The Sale fly-half is on standby to face New Zealand on November 6 with Wilkinson set for a scan today.
Uncapped quartet Joe Marler, Brad Barritt, Tom Wood and Dan Ward-Smith had earlier been called into the England squad. Prop David Wilson, lock Simon Shaw, centre Riki Flutey and flanker Henrie Fourie all sustained injuries last weekend and Johnson acted quickly to add the replacements ahead of the Twickenham clash.