Wales will be without their world-class full-back Lee Byrne in this Autumn’s series of international Rugby Union tests after the player fractured a bone in his hand.
Byrne injured his right hand during Ospreys’ 31-23 defeat at the hands of Scottish side Glasgow in the Magners League on Saturday.
But Byrne, who has scored 40 points for his country, may stand a small chance of making the final test against New Zealand, although the matches against Australia, South Africa and Fiji have been all but ruled out by WRU physio, Mark Davies:
“Lee will be given a specialist opinion on whether his injury is treatable with a cast, if that is the case rather than surgery he will have an outside chance of being back for the All Blacks game”
Centre James Hook may be the most likely full-back option for Wales, who also have Prydie, Halfpenny and Will Harries capable of filling the role.
The Welsh side are likely to miss Byrne, in particular, for his ability to join the line and add attacking options.