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Gavin Henson, James Hook, Rhys Patchell – Who Will Wales Call Up?

With Wales suffering a litany of injuries, we look at the players they could potentially call upon.

While it worried few supporters last night, this morning many Welsh fans will find themselves counting the cost of their brilliant victory over England.

Liam Williams, Hallam Amos and Scott Williams all left the field last night, joining the likes of Jonathan Davies and Leigh Halfpenny on the treatment table.

Although Liam Williams is likely to return to action, neither Amos or Scott Williams will play any further part in the tournament.

As a result, we decided to look at the options available to Warren Gatland.

James Hook

Although James Hook was amongst the first to be dropped by Gatland, the versatile player could yet feature at the World Cup. As the Gloucester player can play at out half, centre and full back, Hook would be an ideal candidate cover an already decimated back division.

With 78 caps to his name, Hook also has the experience to simply slot into the squad.

Rhys Patchell

Rhys Patchell represents a player at the other end of the spectrum for Wales. Having only earned three caps, the Cardiff Blues player lacks the experience of Hook.

However the out half is earmarked as a player to look out for in the future. Like Hook, Patchell was named in Gatland’s training squad but failed to gain a place amongst the World Cup party.

Eli Walker

Despite only making his debut against Ireland during the warm up games, Eli Walker was included in the World Cup squad after Leigh Halfpenny’s injury. However the Ospreys player was himself forced out of contention after picking up a hamstring injury against Italy.

Although reports emanating from Wales suggest that Walker is on the verge of a return, given Wales’ luck on the injury front, it might be a risk to call him up now.

Gareth Anscombe

The New Zealand born Anscombe is another who might be considered by Gatland. The Cardiff Blues player, who qualifies for Wales through his mother, can cover both 10 and 15, but like Walker is also recovering from injury.

Nevertheless after making his debut against Ireland in August, the former All Black under 20 player could provide something different.

Gavin Henson

If Gatland were to select Henson it would be very surprising. He therefore represents something of a left field choice. However last week Henson told the BBC that he could offer Wales ‘something those current players haven’t got’.

Like Hook, Henson can play in a number of positions and and at 33 years of age, is a very experienced player. However like many of the other on this list, Henson is also returning from injury.

Maybe a swansong is not out of the question…

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena


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