Wales lose 4 players for Bok Test

Jose Verdugo
May 17, 2018

Wales have dropped Josh Adams, Luke Charteris and Tomas Francis from their summer tour squad after Premiership Rugby refused to release the trio to prepare for the Test against South Africa on June 2.

However, because the game against South Africa falls outside of the Test window (which runs between 9-24 June), Premiership Rugby - in its capacity as representative of English top-flight clubs - has opted not to release the trio.

Although Bath lock Charteris, Exeter prop Francis and Worcester wing Adams are eligible for Wales' following two Tests in Argentina on 9 and 16 June, Wales need their squad available for the whole tour. Ashton Hewitt, Rhodri Jones and Aaron Wainwright have been called up as replacements.

That sees uncapped Dragons duo wing Hewitt and back-row Wainwright along with Ospreys prop Jones added to the squad.

In a further setback, Cardiff Blues back-row forward Josh Navidi has been ruled out of the tour due to a dislocated shoulder suffered during last Friday's European Challenge Cup final victory over Gloucester in Bilbao.

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The three Saturdays within the June global window are 9, 16 and 23 June, with Wales having no extra game in this period.

A statement from the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed that George North and Ross Moriarty, both of whom are leaving Premiership clubs to join Welsh regions this summer, will still tour.

'With the players unavailable to link up with the squad until the week of our second Test match we have had to replace them in the squad.

"The situation is very clear for players playing in England going forward and heading into a RWC year".

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