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Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland to miss the rest of the season due to injury

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: December 11, 2012


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RHYS Priestland will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured Achilles.

The Scarlets fly-half will be out of action for at least six months, ruling him out of both the Six Nations and the British Lions tour of Australia next summer.

Priestland suffered the injury during Saturday’s Heineken Cup defeat to Exeter at Parc y Scarlets.

It means Wales interim coach Rob Howley will be looking for a new fly-half for the Six Nations, with Dan Biggar and James Hook the two leading candidates.

Scarlets Head Coach Simon Easterby, who suffered a similar injury as a player said:  “It’s a big blow for Rhys and for our region to lose a player of his quality and influence in our team.

“He was coming through well in the last couple of games of the autumn, put in a strong performance against Australia and was making a real impact in our game against Exeter – so it’s very difficult for him to take; but he’ll get plenty of support from here throughout the injury period.

“I am sure that a player of his experience, intelligence and ability will deal with this very well and after a couple of weeks away to recover from the surgery will be back and can be a very positive influence in our environment.

“He’s a committed Scarlet and a player with a very good rugby brain and there will be a lot he can do to work in and around our environment to help the team, some of our younger players and in our preparations for games during rest of the season.

“We all want to show him as much support as we can right now, it's going to be a tough few weeks for him to accept what's happened but the boys here are a very close-knit group so I’m sure that will be a positive for him.”

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  • slagheap  |  December 12 2012, 6:13PM

    Re : on going debate we agree to disagree,on the" hate" comment I suggest you read your initial post regarding Rhys Priestland.There will be no further posts from me regarding this subject Merry Christmas

  • ourgrampa  |  December 12 2012, 10:03AM

    Re ongoning debate we personally are not selectors what we say will never achieve anything will it! we are supporters yes me included I have made my points clear and am not sl***g of y as I am one it seems of many genuine people with a rugby background who felt the same about priestland he was picked and did not perform simple. As for I hate people like me that's your choice. as I do not hate you for disagreeing . I see today there is a more in depth article about the number 10 position please read it . there are other players who should have played but naming them will open another option for you and as the games are over and we can debate the outcome the results speak for themselves I stand by all my comments and if another player had been in the 10 spot and had performed the same my commenmts would be directed at that person so it is on performance not personality . I do hope you will relax and have a beer or whatever merry Christmas reply will not be made .

  • slagheap  |  December 12 2012, 7:02AM

    Reply to our Grampa :I am neither a relative or a supporter of the young man,just someone who hates people like you ****ging youngsters off for their only crime is trying to do their best for their country.If you are talking about the Wales v Australia match where Wales were leading with 30 secs to go ,I completely disagree with you it was not Priestland's we conceded that try.It was not his fault we fell off 5 TACKLES from the point he put the ball in the Aussie 22 to the point that they scored.It was not his fault that at least 2 Welsh players were just jogging alongside the initial Aussie ball carrier in their 22. You suggest the selectors pick a better player,but you omit the name of this better player can I suggest to you from someone who is slightly closer to the action that there are not that many "better" players out there. We will see how good or bad Priestland was after the 6 Nations results my gut feeling will be that the results will be very similar to the ones we have wittnessed this Autumn,that being the case Priestland will not appear to be the devil incarnate you suggest he is. It is all too easy to put in destructive comments and glib statements like "pick better players" has it not occured to you that 1 The players we have picked are by and large the best we have. 2 If there were better players out there as you suggest from this magical and yet unknown pool dont you think Gatland,Edwards et al would have picked them? Merry Christmas

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  • ourgrampa  |  December 12 2012, 3:39AM

    Reply to slagheap: Anyone who saw the last test will agree that his actions at the end and two games in particuler the losses were down to him Wales winning time almost up how hard at that level is it to kick into the stands which allows time and up the jumper style of play to close the game and KEEP THE WINNING SCORE UNTIL THE WHISTLE !! so the two losses are down to Preislands inept performance ! as for the total blame of course not but his decision or lack of did not produce winning actions there were times in all of his games where total indicision costWwales trys and had on several occasions scores against Wales were after his blunders. he is young enough to either accept that he can learn or accept that he is not a Wales No10. look at the world 10's opposing him makes him look even worse. there happy now I see you must be either a relative of supporter of a bunch of Welsh selectors who are unwilling to look for better players . . merry Christmas we will see now that he will ot be playing if the Wales team improves or will it be an excuse about all the injured players?

  • slagheap  |  December 11 2012, 8:21PM

    Ourgrampa So you are laying the Autumn series failiures purely at Priestlands door,sorry I cannot agree

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  • ourgrampa  |  December 11 2012, 3:33PM

    As much as I hate to see any player injured I love rugby being Welsh and living in Australia the results generaly have been terrible but I stick to my own ability to see that sometimes a player does not deserve to play at the level required in modern rugby Stephen Jones at 10 was awful more losses with him there . I hated to see Preistlands name being selected again and again after shocking performances , Does that make me a person who does not have sympathy I think not Playing for your country should be the most thrilling heart pumping thing any Welsh Man should aim for Preistland had a one part reasonable season a year ago since then results show how inept at tiomes he is I sorry to have to say all this but I am sure that as a team they know selectors willing to ingnore better players hence some of the last minute shambles and losses , I hope Prestland makes a full recovery and realizes he should stick to playing at club level. Good luck Wales to again win the six nations regards from a hot sunny South Australia

  • slagheap  |  December 11 2012, 1:15PM

    Bloodman Obviously you have no compassion or sympathy for a young man whose only crime is to do the best he can for region and country,yours is a spiteful and nasty comment

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  • Bloodman  |  December 11 2012, 12:43PM

    Don't worry Howley will still pick Priestland at 10, even if he had his leg amputated he would still play, the Welsh coaching team have no idea at all. Hook should be first choice end of.

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