Wednesday 18 July 2018

Baldwin blow adds insult to Wales injury list

Scott Baldwin. Photo: Victoria Jones/David Davies/PA
Scott Baldwin. Photo: Victoria Jones/David Davies/PA

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Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has suffered a foot injury in training ahead of the weekend's Six Nations opener against Scotland.

Baldwin will undergo surgery and will be out of action for about five months, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

The 29-year-old joined a lengthy list of Wales players sidelined by injury as they prepare to face Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday.

Baldwin, who was not included in the match-day 23 to face Scotland, will be replaced in the Welsh squad by Ryan Elias.

Baldwin made the headlines last October when he was bitten on the hand by a lion on a visit to an animal sanctuary while on tour with the Ospreys in South Africa.

Meanwhile, cancer survivor Christian Leali'ifano has again been named as the ACT Brumbies co-captain with lock Sam Carter for this year's Super Rugby competition.

The 30-year-old Leali'ifano was named as co-captain for the side last year in what turned out to be a mostly symbolic role as he recovered from a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2016.

He returned for the Brumbies in their 35-16 play-off loss to the Hurricanes last season before signing a short-term contract with Ulster and played in the PRO14 before returning to Canberra.

Elsewhere, European clubs will have taken notice as Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has been granted permission to leave the Queensland Reds, but the door on him playing for the side in Super Rugby this season has still not been completely closed, according to coach Brad Thorn.

Irish Independent

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