Lane replaces Navidi in Wales squad

Last Updated: 22/10/19 6:43am

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Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards believes Owen Lane can make an instant impact after his call-up
Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards believes Owen Lane can make an instant impact after his call-up

Wales have brought winger Owen Lane into the squad as a replacement for injured No 8 Josh Navidi ahead of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

Wales coach Warren Gatland chose to swap a back for a forward, with doubts surrounding the fitness of centres Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes.

“He’s a great character, obviously a very good player, he’s got huge potential going forward,” Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards said of Lane.

“We were very impressed with him in the summer.

“We’ve been away for quite a few weeks now and he’s got some great banter as well. Sometimes you need that when you’ve been away from home for so long.”

Josh Navidi sustained a hamstring injury in the quarter-final win over France
Josh Navidi sustained a hamstring injury in the quarter-final win over France

Navidi sustained a hamstring injury in the quarter-final win over France on Sunday.

“Josh has been one of our go to players over the last two years through the period we’ve been successful,” Edwards said.

“Everyone’s gutted for Josh and obviously for myself he’s one of our best defensive players so someone has got to step up into his position.”

The 21-year-old Lane, a winger who can also play at centre, has just one cap to his name against Ireland in a World Cup warm-up, when he scored a try.

Lane will arrive in Japan on Tuesday with Wales playing South Africa in the second semi-final match on Sunday.

Source : Sky Sports