Here are the latest rugby headlines for Monday, June 26.
Welsh players won’t travel
Some members of Wales’ rugby world team will not be traveling to Switzerland with the rest of the team due to personal reasons.
Alex Cuthbert and Owen Williams will not be at the two-week camp, while Taulupe Faletau will only be traveling for the second week.
Coach Warren Gatland, who previously revealed Ken Owens, Will Davies-King and Josh Macleod have left the team due to injury, said: “Owen Williams and Alex Cuthbert won’t be going to Switzerland for personal reasons but they are not going to Switzerland for personal reasons. I am looking for them to attend our tournament. training camp in Türkiye.
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“Toby Faletau won’t be going to Switzerland for the first week. He has a minor calf injury. I told him about staying, he has three young children, his wife just had a baby. He’s going to have some treatment here and out on Saturday, July 8. I gave him a choice and I’m very comfortable with that.
“We’ve had some players that we’ve removed from the team and they said they didn’t want that information to be revealed.
“You have to respect the players about it because of some medical or personal issue. They say we don’t want you to say anything. We respect their wishes, in a situational situation. Ideally, you want to be able to communicate all that and keep everyone up to date as much as possible.
“It’s a reflection of some of what’s going on behind the scenes. The players are looking and they don’t want a story written about them that has the potential to be negative about it. I wanted to convey everything positive. be as extreme as possible but you have to respect the wishes of the players.”
New face in Wales squad
One person benefiting from Wales’ injury news today is Ospreys pickpocket Sam Parry, who has been called up to the squad and is now heading to Switzerland next week.
Parry was added to the group of 47 after Owens withdrew due to a back injury.
Gatland believes hooker is a strong position for Wales, adding: “There is some pretty stiff competition for his spot with Dewi Lake and Ryan Elias back in full training. I also have Elliot Dee and Sam Parry, so that would be good, strong.” compete for that position.”
Parry was the first new face to be called up to the team although there have now been eight withdrawals from the group of 54 originally named.
Billy Vunipola has undergone minor surgery on his injured knee but hopes to be fit enough to compete in the Rugby World Cup.
The England striker remained with a 36-man squad appointed by head coach Steve Borthwick for their third World Cup training camp at The Lensbury Resort in south-west London.
“The medical team is very positive about my outlook and I understand exactly what needs to be done over the next few weeks,” Vunipola said.
The lineup was the same as last week’s camp, except for Will Joseph and Beno Obano, both absent. Players from the Gallagher Premiership Sale and Saracens Finals were not included.
“I am pleased with the progress made over the past two weeks and we look forward to another productive camp at Lensbury,” said Borthwick.
“There’s still a long way to go until we’re ready for the World Cup but every day we take another step forward.”
Ollie Chessum, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ollie Lawrence and Jack Walker all stayed with their teammates as they continue to recover from their injuries.
England will take on Wales in Cardiff on August 5, with Borthwick filling in his 33-man squad for the World Cup in France two days later.