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Wales facing Six Nations second-row injury crisis

Updated: Monday, 14 Jan 2013 08:05 | Comments

Wales captain Ryan Jones may be ruled out of the upcoming clash with Ireland after dislocating his thumb
Wales captain Ryan Jones may be ruled out of the upcoming clash with Ireland after dislocating his thumb

Wales have been engulfed by a second-row injury crisis less than three weeks before launching their RBS 6 Nations title defence.

Interim head coach Rob Howley is due to name his Six Nations squad tomorrow, but the lock department has been decimated.

Alun-Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies and Ian Evans are all currently injured, while former Wales captain Ryan Jones - a potential second-row starter against Ireland on 2 February - has now joined them.

Jones, who has played Test rugby at number eight, flanker and lock, went to hospital in Swansea last night after suffering a suspected dislocated thumb during the Ospreys' 15-15 Heineken Cup draw against Liberty Stadium visitors Leicester.

"Ryan has gone off to hospital," Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy said. "I think he has got a dislocation of his thumb. It may have popped through the skin as well."

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