Thursday 21 September 2017

Wales happy with injuries

Wales are optimistic their bid for Triple Crown glory at Twickenham next week will not be hampered by injuries to key players.

Coach Warren Gatland's squad will reconvene on Monday after more than a dozen players were released for club duties this weekend. And while Gatland must hope that sizeable group all emerge unscathed, he will also keep a close on eye on George North (ankle), Huw Bennett (calf), Ryan Jones (dead leg), skipper Sam Warburton (thigh), Matthew Rees (calf strain) and Justin Tipuric (ankle).

"There are a few battered and bruised bodies still, but we are hoping everyone is going to be up and running by next week," Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins said. "They've got the weekend off after a bit more rehab, and we will see where we are on Monday and Tuesday."

Wales' sole away victory over England in the past 24 years sparked their 2008 Grand Slam season.

Irish Independent

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