Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi dominated out

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Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi dominated out
Wing Owen Lane scored a strive on his debut for Wales against Ireland in August 2019
2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa
Venue: Global Stadium, Yokohama Date: Solar, three Nov Kick-off: 09:00 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Dwell and Radio 5 Dwell Sports actions Further, plus text updates on the BBC Sport web page and app.

Wales get known as up Cardiff Blues soar Owen Lane to the World Cup, despite the indisputable truth that he replaces a ahead after aid-row Josh Navidi become as soon as dominated out by ruin.

Navidi injured his hamstring for the length of Sunday’s 20-19 quarter-final score over France in Oita.

Lane, who may moreover play at centre, become as soon as segment of Wales’ extended pre-tournament coaching squad.

The 21-year-frail made his Test debut in August’s warm-up defeat to Ireland in Cardiff, scoring a strive.

Lane’s inclusion is anticipated to be confirmed officially by Wales on Tuesday.

The diversified option would had been the more skilled Scott Williams, however the Ospreys centre has no longer long returned to action after hamstring and aid concerns sidelined him for many of final season.

Coach Warren Gatland confirmed Navidi confronted “as a minimum a pair of weeks [out]”, ruling him out of Sunday’s semi-final against South Africa in Yokohama.

Wales get robust aid-row alternate choices, including Ross Moriarty who replaced Navidi against France while flankers Aaron Shingler and James Davies also in competition to be named in the match-day squad.

Nonetheless with quite quite a bit of backs carrying knocks, Gatland has opted to enhance there in its set apart.

“Given we now get bought six aid-rowers and we now get bought 5 fit in the intervening time, we now had been a little bit brief in numbers in the backs,” Gatland mentioned on Monday.

Jonathan Davies become as soon as a slack withdrawal earlier than the quarter-final with a recurrence of a knee ruin, despite the indisputable truth that Wales are hopeful he’ll be fit to face the Springboks.

Fellow centre Hadleigh Parkes has been playing with a broken bone in his hand, plus a shoulder scenario.

Wales’ diversified centre alternate choices are Owen Watkin, who partnered Parkes against France, or transferring soar George North into the midfield.

They toddle into Sunday’s semi-final hoping to attain the first final in Wales’ history.

Wales 2019 World Cup outcomes & fixtures
Mon, 23 Sept: Wales forty three-14 Georgia
Solar, 29 Sept: Wales 29-25 Australia
Wed, 9 Oct: Wales 29-17 Fiji
Solar, thirteen Oct: Wales 35-thirteen Uruguay
Solar, 20 Oct: Quarter-final – Wales 20-19 France
Solar, three Nov: Semi-final – Wales v South Africa, Yokohama, 09:00 GMT

Wales accomplished third at the inaugural 1987 tournament and fourth in Gatland’s first tournament in fee in 2011.

The Springboks ended Wales’ interest at the 2015 tournament hosted by England.

Navidi is the 2nd Wales player to head away Japan, with lock Cory Hill having departed without playing a game after failing to get better from a leg stress atomize.

Dragons’ Hill become as soon as replaced by Ospreys’ Bradley Davies while another Ospreys lock, Adam Beard, arrived slack after recuperating from appendicitis.

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All photography by strategy of Huw Evans photos