Despite suffering his third concussion in a calendar year, rhys Patchell will be appropriate, insists Warren Gatland.
The 26-year-old fly-half left the pitch throughout the first half of Wales’ 19-10 defeat in Ireland on Saturday to get a head-injury assessment (HIA) after colliding with CJ Stander from the build-up into Ireland’s very first try.
Head trainer Gatland admitted on Saturday evening that Patchell will be assessed by the medics within the next few days, together with the Welsh squad flying on Wednesday.
With Gareth Anscombe recovering from knee surgery and Dan along with Patchell Biggar both the 2 playmakers to the World Cup wales have two fly-halves within their 31-man group.
Asked if Patchell will be on this flight, Gatland said:”Patchell is going to be OK for this. He appears okay in the changing rooms.
“He has simply got to be evaluated in the next few days. We’ll talk to the medics about that and see how he fares over the next few days.”
Patchell has endured a run of harm fortune, having fought off a torn hamstring along with two concussions throughout the course of the previous 12 months.
He’s acquitted himself nicely in Wales’ warm-up matches, but faces a race against time to be fit for its World Cup opener against Georgia on September 23.
Asked if he had some issues with just two fly-halves in his squad, Gatland added:”We’ll see how he’s from the next couple of days.
“He certainly deserves some fantastic luck because he has gone well. And the ironic thing is that he went low and that where the concussions happenwhen players go low and the tackler gets struck by a knee or a hip.
“So that’s something we are going to have to keep seeing with World Rugby.”
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