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Wales wait on injury assessments for four players

Cardiff wing Josh Adams (calf), Scarlets prop WillGriff John (concussion) and Dragons second row Will Rowlands (concussion) will be assessed this week ahead of Wales’ Test vs Australia; Ospreys prop Tomas Francis (concussion) missed Saturday and is following return-to-play protocols.

Last Updated: 15/11/21 1:08pm

    Wales wing Josh Adams is one of a number of players in need of assessment this week, after he suffered a knock to his calf

    Wales wing Josh Adams is one of a number of players in need of assessment this week, after he suffered a knock to his calf

    Wales look set to end the Autumn Nations Series with more injuries as head coach Wayne Pivac waits on assessments to four players ahead of Saturday’s autumn finale against Australia in Cardiff.

    Wing Josh Adams, who was due to line up at outside centre against Fiji on Sunday, was withdrawn just before kick-off due to a calf muscle issue.

    Prop Tomas Francis had already pulled out after suffering concussion during training, while his fellow front-row forward WillGriff John and lock Will Rowlands suffered head knocks in Wales’ 38-23 victory over Fiji.

    Second row Will Rowlands was one of two Wales players to suffer head knocks vs Fiji

    Second row Will Rowlands was one of two Wales players to suffer head knocks vs Fiji

    Wales went into the autumn series with star names such as Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Josh Navidi and Justin Tipuric all absent as they continued long-term injury recoveries.

    And Pivac then saw several of his original squad – including captain Alun Wyn Jones and fellow British and Irish Lions players Ken Owens, Ross Moriarty and Taulupe Faletau – sidelined at various stages of the autumn schedule.

    He added a number of players to the group, with hookers Bradley Roberts and Kirby Myhill making Test debuts, and he could again be forced to summon reinforcements as Wales prepare for the Wallabies.

    Wales were extremely fortunate to beat Fiji on Sunday in Cardiff

    Wales were extremely fortunate to beat Fiji on Sunday in Cardiff

    “With a six-day turnaround, we will have to see how they (John and Rowlands) are on Monday,” Pivac said. “It could be we dig a bit deeper into the squad.

    “As it happened on Friday, Tomas Francis is already a couple of days into the protocols and has passed those so far, so he is currently on track.

    “Josh felt something in his leg in the warm-up. It was a late change in the changing room, but these things can happen and you just have to adapt.

    “Hopefully, it won’t keep him out for too long. That was precautionary.”

    Wales head coach Wayne Pivac looks ahead to Saturday's Test vs the Wallabies

    Wales head coach Wayne Pivac looks ahead to Saturday’s Test vs the Wallabies

    Wales will tackle an Australian side beaten by Scotland and England during the autumn series, and having toppled the Wallabies twice in succession following a run of 13 successive defeats against them.

    Pivac added: “Australia are well-coached – I know Dave Rennie very well.

    “They have got a lot of quality throughout the side. They will be hurting after the last couple of games.

    “We expect them to come and be physical. If the weather’s good, it will be free-flowing, too, with any luck.”