Wales suffer Eli Walker blow
November 7, 2013
Liam Williams starts for Wales © Getty Images
Wales have been forced to make a change to the side named to face South Africa after Eli Walker picked up an injury in training.
Walker was set to make his debut for Wales as he filled the void left by the sidelined Alex Cuthbert. But he will have to wait a while longer to make his Test bow after injuring his hamstring in training.
With Walker out, Scarlets' Liam Williams starts on the wing with George North on the opposite flank. Ospreys' Ashley Beck is added to the replacements.
Walker's latest injury is a crushing setback for him. And, although Wales are awaiting further updates on the player, there must now be concerns that he will be sidelined for the entire autumn series, which also features appointments with Argentina, Tonga and Australia.
He sustained a back problem that required surgery last season after being named in Wales' initial Six Nations squad, and he spent a number of months recovering before returning to full fitness at the start of the current campaign.
Leigh Halfpenny (Blues), George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Unattached), Gethin Jenkins (Blues), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Bradley Davies (Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (Blues, Capt), Toby Faletau
Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath), Scott Andrews (Blues), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) Lloyd Williams (Blues), James Hook (Perpignan), Ashley Beck (Ospreys)
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Proposals to remove promotion and relegation from the Aviva Premiership would be for the good of the game overall, argues John Taylor
Ireland have the world sitting up and taking notice - and rugby's structure in Europe will aid their Rugby World Cup bid, writes John Mitchell
Where does Italy's win over Scotland rank among their successes in the Six Nations? Scrum Sevens investigates
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery