Rugby: Morgan out of France match

14th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

CARDIFF, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP) - Wales full-back Kevin Morgan was ruled out Tuesday of the Six Nations international away to France on February 24 with a broken jaw sustained in last weekend's defeat against Scotland.

CARDIFF, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP) - Wales full-back Kevin Morgan was ruled out Tuesday of the Six Nations international away to France on February 24 with a broken jaw sustained in last weekend's defeat against Scotland.

Morgan, who came off during the second-half of Wales's 21-9 loss at Murrayfield, had two separate X-rays on his mouth, the second of which on Tuesday showed a break.

Team physiotherapist Mark Davies also said Ospreys No 8 Ryan Jones will not train this week and is in a race against time to return to full contact training by next Monday.

"Kevin was reviewed by a dentist back in Wales yesterday (Monday) following a further X-ray and then referred to a facial surgeon who identified a fracture within his jaw bone," said Davies.

"For best management and with the aim of achieving the earliest return to action it has been decided that Kevin will undergo an operation.

"He will not be available to face France and his availability for the rest of the Championship is uncertain, but we are not ruling out a return at this stage," Davies added.

Turning to Ryan Jones, Davies said: "Ryan suffered a calf strain and although his recovery has been substantial in the last couple of days we will not know until the end of the week whether he will be able to take a full part in training ahead of our visit to France."

But there was more encouraging news regarding Wales centre James Hook. "James had a scan to his knee yesterday (Monday) which revealed no structural problem," explained Davies.

"Essentially he has suffered a bleed from his thigh into the back of his knee which will mean he will take no part in training this week, but the prospects of him rejoining full contact training next Monday are high."

Under-pressure Wales coach Gareth Jenkins will release almost half his squad for this weekend's Celtic League matches, the Six Nations on a rest week.

"We have an amicable arrangement with each of our four regions which says that we will release as many of their players as possible on relevant weekends," said Jenkins.

"The players listed will all return to their regions tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be available for selection if required by their regional coaches.

"Some of these players are in need of rugby matches and will relish the chance to turn out for their regions and show their form."

Wales, beaten 19-9 at home to Ireland in their Six Nations opener, have lost both their two matches played in the tournament so far and are fifth in the table, ahead of basement nation Italy on points difference alone.

Reigning champions France are on top with a played two, won two record.

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