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Rhys Priestland ruled out of South Africa tour

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

Rhys Priestland will miss Wales's tour to South Africa because of a knee injury

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SCARLETS fly-half Rhys Priestland has become the latest player to be ruled out of Wales’s summer tour of South Africa.

Priestland suffered a knee injury during his side’s Pro12 victory over Cardiff Blues on the weekend and Wales coach Warren Gatland has confirmed the 30-cap No. 10 won’t be fit for the trip.

The news follows the decision of Scarlets team-mate Scott Williams to rule himself out of contention as the centre continues his recovery from the shoulder injury he picked up during the Six Nations.

Priestland’s former Scarlets fly-half rival, Leicester’s Owen Williams, has been included in the 52-man squad for the Probables v Possibles trial on May 30, but his availability depends on Premiership Rugby granting his release for the match.

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The same goes for Gavin Henson, who is a surprise choice in the Probables squad.

“We are not 100 percent sure on player release,” Gatland admitted. “We’ve spoken to Premier Rugby and they know our intentions to pick these players. We’re hoping common sense will prevail. It’s good for the Premiership and good for the players profile wise.”

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