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Thursday 19 September 2019

BBC forced to apologise after website prints Wales second-row's name as 'Jake Ballsack'

Saia Fainga'a of Australia is held up by Jake Ball of Wales during the International match between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday
Saia Fainga'a of Australia is held up by Jake Ball of Wales during the International match between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday

Jack de Menezes

BBC Sport have issued an apology after a rather embarrassing typo appeared in their Wales line-up for the weekend clash with Australia after publishing a second-row by the name of “Jake Ballsack.”

The Scarlets lock – correctly named Jake Ball – was making his sixth appearance for Wales after making his debut in the Six Nations earlier this year.

The 23-year-old played 68 minutes in the narrow 28-33 defeat to Australia, the 10th straight loss to the Wallabies and one that sees the wait for a victory against one of the big three in the Southern Hemisphere continue, having not beaten one of Australia, New Zealand or South Africa since 2008.

However, you wouldn’t have known Ball played in the match after the error appeared in the team-sheet on the BBC Sport website.

Jamie Roberts was one of the first to spot the error, as he posted on Twitter: “Haha spot the error @BBCSport @BBCWalesSport ...I'll give you a clue - he plays second row for us!!”

A spokeswoman told www.walesonline.co.uk that the error had been corrected as soon as the BBC had been made aware, and added that they are looking into how the error managed to find its way onto their website.

“We are investigating how this error occurred and the piece was amended as soon as it was spotted. We apologise for any offence that may have been caused,” the spokeswoman said.

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