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  • Priestland gone for 6 months

    Matthew Booker, December 11 2012,
    Welsh fly-half Rhys Priestland set for 6 month injury layoff
    Priestland was stretchered off on the weekend
    Priestland was stretchered off on the weekend
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    Welsh international Rhys Priestland will miss the 6 months of rugby after rupturing his achilles tendon on the weekend.

    Priestland went in for surgery on Tuesday and is now out of contention for Wales title defense in the 6 Nations.

    It continues a horror run for the Welsh side with injuries helping the side record a disastrous run of losses. It also comes at a critical time for the Cardiff Blues who are similarly struggling.

    As for who will replace Priestland, James Hook will be a possibility despite his age and the impressive Dan Biggar may get the nod at 10.

    "I think it was fairly straightforward given that the snap was halfway up his achilles," said Simon Easterby, head coach of Scarlets.

    "It used to take nine or 10 months for a player to come back from this injury but some can get back after six months these days.

    "Rhys will have his targets and will want to push himself but we must be clear he can't come back before he is ready.

    "Unfortunately it means Rhys will miss most of the season which is obviously a big blow for him.

    "He had recovered from a couple of poor performances in Wales' early autumn games. He played well against Australia and was playing well for us last weekend before he got injured."

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