Better news for Wales coach Warren Gatland ahead of Sunday’s pool game against
Samoa, in Hamilton, is that Stephen Jones and Gethin Jenkins are expected to
return to full training this week.
The British and Irish Lions pair will be fully integrated into squad training
from today, when Wales will stage an ‘open to the public session’ in Taupo.
Only Ospreys back row Ryan Jones remains on the injury list, after aggravating
a calf problem in training last week.
“Ryan will continue his rehabilitation with us and is still looking to be fit
in around two to three weeks,” said WRU national medical performance manager
“The fact that we have been able to report no new significant injury concerns
to the coaches from the weekend’s game means that the decision to allow him
to stay and work at getting back to fitness in time for that Fiji match can
“We have been fortunate on the injury front and come through the South Africa
game relatively unscathed with just a few minor bumps and bruises to contend
“Both Stephen and Gethin will be fully integrated into the training programme
this week and, if they come through the periods of high intensity training,
we would expect to make them both available to the selectors ahead of this
Meanwhile Luke Charteris said: “It’s the World Cup, and unfortunately we are
playing knockout rugby now.
“We can’t lose again. We have got to win all our games through to the final.
“It’s heads up now for Samoa. It is going to be another brutal game straight
off, and we have got no choice but to focus on that one now.
“We knew what a tough pool we are in –- there is no easy game in this group.”