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Wednesday 15th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

SHAUN EDWARDS believes Wales have lost possibly world rugby’s form outside centre after Jonathan Davies was hit yesterday by a shattering injury blow.

Davies is set to be sidelined for six months, ruling him out of Wales’s autumn series appointments with Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa, plus this season’s Six Nations campaign.

He requires surgery on the foot injury he suffered during the dying seconds of Wales’s 29-21 defeat against Australia in Cardiff three days ago.

It is a major blow for Wales and the Scarlets to lose Davies, who was British and Irish Lions player of the series against world champions New Zealand earlier this year.

“Obviously, I am incredibly upset for the player,” Wales assistant coach and defence specialist Edwards said.

“We wish him a speedy recovery. He is probably one of the form 13s, if not the form 13, in world rugby.

“He is going to take some replacing. He is a massive loss, there is no doubt about that. They are big shoes to fill.

“I have got a lot of work to do in the next three weeks and through the Six Nations.

“I am not saying he is irreplaceable, but it [13] would definitely be one of the positions you would least want to lose.

“It’s unbelievably disappointing. But it’s just the way it goes sometimes.

“We have to show a bit of resilience that we have shown in the past.

“I am sure there will be players who will put their hand up to play 13.

“We will just have to look at it over the next three games, and obviously the Six Nations.”