Sunday 25 February 2018

Laidlaw loss 'massive' - Webb

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb
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Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has described the absence of Greig Laidlaw from Scotland's remaining Six Nations games as "a massive loss."

Webb would have been in direct opposition to the Scotland skipper and number nine at Murrayfield on Saturday, but an ankle ligament injury suffered against France 10 days ago ended Laidlaw's tournament.

And in a double setback, Scotland also saw No 8 Josh Strauss hurt during the same game, and he now joins Laidlaw on the sidelines with Scotland set to name their team today.

"Them losing Greig is a massive loss - as a leader and as a kicker as well," said Webb, who lines up in a Wales team showing one change following the defeat against England last time out, with fit-again wing George North replacing Alex Cuthbert.

"His accuracy off the tee is pretty impressive, so whoever replaces him will be putting in a lot of practice this week."

North, meanwhile, has recovered from a leg injury that sidelined him for Wales' 21-16 loss to reigning Six Nations champions England earlier this month.

North, scorer of 28 tries in 66 Tests for his country, was hurt during Wales' Six Nations opener against Italy 17 days ago.

Wales boss Rob Howley has retained a back-row of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty, with 63 times-capped No 8 Taulupe Faletau again on the bench.

Irish Independent

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