Rugby Patchell will be fine for World Cup, says Wales coach Gatland

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Rugby Rhys Patchell is an injury worry for Wales ahead of the World Cup (David Davies/PA)
Rhys Patchell is an injury worry for Wales ahead of the World Cup (David Davies/PA)

Warren Gatland insists Rhys Patchell will be “fine” to travel to the World Cup despite suffering his third concussion in a year in Wales’ 19-10 loss to Ireland in Dublin.

Fly-half Patchell failed a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) after being clattered attempting to tackle CJ Stander in the build-up to Ireland’s first try.

Head coach Gatland admitted Patchell will be assessed by the medics in the next few days, with Wales due to fly to Japan on Wednesday.

Wales have just two fly-halves in their 31-man squad, with Gareth Anscombe recovering from knee surgery and Patchell and Dan Biggar the two playmakers for the World Cup.

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Joe Schmidt (left) and Warren Gatland both have injury worries to contend with (Brian Lawless/PA)

Asked if Patchell will be ready to travel to Japan, Gatland said: “He’ll be fine for that. He seems okay in the changing rooms now.

“He’s just got to be assessed in the next few days. We’ll talk to the medics about that and see how he fares over the next couple of days.”

Patchell has endured a wretched run of injury luck, having fought off two previous concussions and a torn hamstring across the course of the last 1

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