Balan forced out of World Cup
September 14, 2007
Petru Balan has pulled out of Romania's World Cup squad because of a knee injury.
The Biarritz prop will be replaced in the squad by Paulica Ion, who will join up with the Romanians on Friday.
Romania decided to act after seeing Balan ruled out for 15 days with a meniscus fracture.
The injury forced him to miss his country's 24-18 defeat to Italy last night.
Romania's next Pool C game is against Scotland on Tuesday.
The Scotland coach enters his first Six Nations with at least one familiar face to look to for inspiration - Joe Schmidt. He chats to Tom Hamilton
Italy coach Jacques Brunel spoke to ESPN ahead of his final season as Italy coach and tells of his desire to experiment and evolve
"There's no bull with me, I just tell it straight." Tom Hamilton talks to Warren Gatland in an exclusive interview
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton