Boost to under-fire Wales boss Wayne Pivac as back row Taulupe Faletau and Josh Navidi return to full training ahead of England clash
- The back row headache in Wales has eased slightly before the collision in England
- Taulupe Faletau and Josh Navidi are both fit and available for the weekend
- Faletau had medial knee ligament deformity, and Navidi hasn’t played since August
The Wales back row headache has eased somewhat now that Taulupe Faletau and Josh Navidi are fit and available to play against England – but they’ll have to wait for Justin Tipuric.
Faletau had a medial knee ligament strain and Navidi has not played since August after a concussion.
But both are back in full contact training ahead of the Autumn Nations Cup clash with England at Llanelli next Saturday.
Under-fire Wales boss Wayne Pivac has been given a boost ahead of the clash with England
And assistant coach Neil Jenkins doesn’t think it would be a risk to throw Navidi straight into a Test match after 13 weeks without a game.
“If Navs is right, he’s a great player,” said Jenkins.
“We’re pretty blessed in the back row, and Josh fits in. To me, he’s a world class player, the type of guy with minimal rugby who can stand up and play Test Match Football. ‘
Ross Moriarty, however, has been released from the squad and will be returning to the Dragons for rehabilitation from an injured ankle.
“It’s a hit with Ross,” Jenkins added.
Taulupe Faletau (left) and Josh Navidi (right) compete to play in Llanelli on Saturday
‘He sustained an injury during training. We hoped he would be okay with the latest games, but unfortunately that’s not the case.
‘He’s been a big player to us for a long time, and someone we can do well with right now. It is what it is, and hopefully he will do well for the Six Nations when there is. ‘
It is too early to say if Tipuric, who was eliminated against Georgia, will be ready for the game against England as he goes through his head injury protocol for replay of the game.
“We’ll see how he is later in the week,” Jenkins said.
‘He’s in and around, he looks okay to be honest with him. It was a pretty heavy blow on Saturday, but he looks pretty good, and we’ll see how he fares for the rest of the week. ‘
Liam Williams takes care of a cut lip and Johnny McNicholl hurt his rib, but both were at the camp in Wales on Tuesday.