Wales forwards Adam Beard and Cory Hill set to miss Rugby World Cup opener

Wales Have Been set to Function without Cory Hill and locks Adam Beard for their World Cup opener.

Ospreys did not travel to Japan with all the World Cup squad and forward Beard had his appendix removed in Wales.
And Hill is currently continuing his comeback from a stress fracture in his legremaining on target to be accessible for an appointment together with Australia.
“We have picked up a couple of accidents and there’s a concern at the moment with the second rows,” explained Wales head coach Warren Gatland.
“He [Beard] will be expecting to return to Japan on Thursday.
“He’s most likely not going to be available for selection for the Georgia game, but we are optimistic – and the medics are confident – which he will be available for selection to the Australia game”
It indicates that Jake Ball will be skipper Alun Wyn Jones’ spouse against Georgia, with flanker Aaron Shingler providing cap on the bench.
On Hill, Gatland added:”They [medics] are convinced that he will be available for selection against Australia.
“He has been outside of his boot and on the practice area today, although he wasn’t doing any running.
“Hopefully, then Georgia match he’ll be back coaching and available for selection.”
Fly-half Rhys Patchell, meanwhile, has recently performed some work that was non-contact after suffering concussion through Wales’ final World Cup warm-up game against Ireland.
“He has gone through the HIA [head injury evaluation ] protocols,” said Gatland.
“He had been training this afternoon, just doing a number of stuff at this phase.
“We’ll facilitate him back into contact work later in the week, so making sure that we proceed through the protocols also ensure he’s 100 per cent and available for selection.”
Where they will be established until Thursday the Wales squad are enjoying temperatures of 30 degrees and sunshine in the Japanese city of Kitakyushu.
They also have got a warm welcome, together with hundreds of schoolchildren greeting their arrival while banners and flags of service are draped all over town.
“It is absolutely fantastic,” said Gatland. “They have adopted Wales, the team and the civilization, even placing the red dragon on their search motors.
“For your players to view all of the flags and posters around town has been very gruesome. It’s amazing that the city has got behind us.
“There are so many similarities between Kitakyushu and Wales in regard to the background of the mining sector and the ports.
“There is absolutely a relationship there, and hopefully we can continue to build on that.”

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