Josh Navidi: Wales back-row out of Rugby World Cup

Josh Navidi made his Wales debut against Japan in Tokyo in June, 20132019 Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South AfricaVenue: International Stadium, Yokohama Date: Sun, 3 Nov Kick-off: 09:00 GMTCoverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the…

Josh Navidi in the thick of the action against France

Josh Navidi made his Wales debut against Japan in Tokyo in June, 2013
2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa
Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama Date: Sun, 3 Nov Kick-off: 09:00 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Wales back-row Josh Navidi is out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury.

Coach Warren Gatland said he will draft-in a back to take the Cardiff Blues player’s place in the squad.

Centre Jonathan Davies missed the quarter-final win against France and Navidi is out ahead of Sunday’s semi-final against South Africa in Tokyo.

Wales have strong back-row options, including Ross Moriarty, who replaced Navidi against France.

Navidi had overtaken Moriarty as Wales’ number eight choice for the tournament while Bath’s Taulupe Faletau was ruled out in the summer because of a collarbone injury that needed surgery.

The 28-year-old Navidi has also played at open-side and blind-side for Wales since his debut in 2013.

Moriarty and Aaron Shingler are similarly versatile while Aaron Wainwright, who scored a try against France, can also switch back-row roles.

More to follow.

Wales World Cup fixtures
Mon, 23 Sept: Wales 43-14 Georgia
Sun, 29 Sept: Wales 29-25 Australia
Wed, 9 Oct: Wales 29-17 Fiji
Sun, 13 Oct: Wales 35-13 Uruguay
Sun, 20 Oct: Quarter-final – Wales 20-19 France

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