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Sport Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell out of Six Nations as Wales coach Wayne Pivac suffers devastating double blow

16:05  12 november  2019
16:05  12 november  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Wales suffer double blow as Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell require surgery and face long Rhys Patchell injured his shoulder and could miss the Six Nations due to problem Davies is set to be out for six months after going through the surgery Fly-half Patchell suffered his shoulder injury against the All Blacks and is touch and go for the

Wales ' Six Nations campaign starts against France in Paris on 1 February. Pivac says Halfpenny will be assessed in around a month. Pivac confirmed Wales wing Steff Evans would feature for Scarlets in the final two rounds of Europe. Gatland also has concerns over James Davies (knee), Nicky Smith

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup - Wales Captain's Run - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan, October 8, 2019 - Wales' Jonathan Davies during training. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra © Thomson Reuters Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup - Wales Captain's Run - Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan, October 8, 2019 - Wales' Jonathan Davies during training. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra Wales stars Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell are both facing lengthy lay-offs which will see them miss the Six Nations.

Lions centre Davies will be sidelined for at least six months with the knee injury he suffered during the World Cup.

And fly-half Patchell will be out of action for up to four months after damaging his shoulder in Wales’ final match out in Japan.

Both players are to undergo surgery in a double whammy blow for their region, the Scarlets, and the national team .

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Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell both need surgery after sustaining injuries at the Rugby World Cup and face lengthy spells on the sidelines. The Welsh Rugby Union announced the news in a statement, with Davies set to be out for more than six months because of a left knee injury suffered

A joint statement from the Scarlets and the WRU said: "Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies both face surgery following injuries sustained in the recent Rugby World Cup.

"Rhys Patchell is expected to return to play between 12-16 weeks following a shoulder injury, whereas Jonathan Davies faces at least six months recovering from knee surgery."

The 81-cap Davies hurt his left knee in the group game against Fiji, while setting up a decisive try for winger Josh Adams.

a man in a red shirt: Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell both need surgery © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell both need surgery He then sat out the quarter-final clash with France, withdrawing from that match late in the day.

But he returned for the semi-final meeting with South Africa and the third-place play-off against New Zealand, with his knee heavily strapped.

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Rhys Patchell (born 17 May 1993) is a Wales international rugby union player. A fly-half, he plays for Scarlets having previously played for Cardiff Blues.

Scarlets back Rhys Patchell could miss Wales ' Six Nations opener against France with a hamstring injury, while lock Jake Ball is also a doubt. Pivac moved Patchell from fly-half to full-back against Ospreys with Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes filling in at 10.

While admitting he wasn't 100 per cent, the 31-year-old got through those games, but now faces surgery and a long spell out of the sport.

It will be mid-May before he is able to return to action at best, leaving just a few weeks of the season left, with the Guinness PRO14 final on June 20.

If he is out for longer still, it would make him a doubt for Wales' tour of New Zealand next summer.

As for the 19-cap Patchell, he will be out for 12 to 16 weeks, with an operation required on the shoulder he injured in the third-place play-off against the All Blacks.

That could keep him out until mid-March and makes it unlikely he will play any part in the Six Nations.

a football player on a field: Jonathan Davies had his left knee heavily strapped during Wales' final two matches at the World Cup © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Jonathan Davies had his left knee heavily strapped during Wales' final two matches at the World Cup

The 26-year-old has had little luck on the fitness front over the last year or so, suffering a series of concussion issues and he has now suffered a fresh setback.

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Wales centre Jonathan Davies will miss the Six Nations after knee surgery following the World Cup. Davies is out of action for at least six months after picking up the injury during the World Cup against Fiji. The 31-year-old British and Irish Lion missed the quarter-final against France but returned

The Wales fly-half has been ruled out for the bulk of the Six Nations with a hamstring injury. Warren Gatland has not called up a replacement having also named Dan Biggar, Owen Williams, Rhys Patchell and Gareth Anscombe, who can all play fly-half, in his 39-man squad for the Six Nations .

Losing two key backs presents new Wales coach Wayne Pivac with a double headache as he surveys his options both for the game against the Barbarians at the end of this month and the Six Nations.

The absence of Davies could well see a return for the experienced Scott Williams, who missed out on World Cup selection.

It could also create an opening in the squad for Kiwi-born Cardiff Blues centre Willis Halaholo, who qualified for Wales on the three-year residency rule earlier this month.

Another option could be trying Blues winger Owen Lane at outside centre, a position where he played much of his junior rugby.

As for the loss of Patchell, that presents an immediate issue with regard to the game against the Barbarians, as the English-based Dan Biggar won’t be available for what is an out-of-window match.

It means Blues playmaker Jarrod Evans is likely to start at fly-half in the Principality Stadium farewell to Baa-Baas coach Warren Gatland.

Evans went through a tough few weeks after missing out on World Cup selection, as he shared in the Blues’ early season struggles.

But he looked to have turned the corner at the weekend when he produced a Man of the Match performance against the Cheetahs.

As for the other fly-half berth in the squad to face the BaaBaas, Sam Davies could well be in line for a recall having been revitalised by his move to the Dragons from the Ospreys.

Northampton’s Biggar will then come back into the equation for the Six Nations.

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